from Board of Elections
(Columbus) Absentee voting for the primary begins Wednesday, Feb. 17, but Franklin County's registered voters can already see what their ballot will look like when they vote early or on Election Day.
Sample Ballots for every precinct are posted on our Web site. Versions for Democratic, Green or Republican Party candidates will appear when an address for a registered voter entered. If no ballot appears, the visitor may need to update their registration by Feb. 16.
Franklin County will have 1, 025 different versions of ballots with candidates and issues and 94 versions for issues alone in the primary.
"Sample ballots have been a popular feature on our Web site for years," Director Bill Anthony said. "They give voters the chance to become familiar with candidates and issues to make informed choices."
"They're a time saver," added Deputy Director David Payne. "People who read them show up ready to cast a ballot and that can reduce the wait times if you are coming to our early vote center or voting at your local polling place on Election Day."
Voters must request a ballot to vote absentee in the primary. More than 2,600 have applied as of this morning. Applications are available online or by calling the board of elections at (614) 525-3100.