Absentee voting for the Ohio primary began on Friday, which gives voters two options to vote if they are unable to do so while polls are officially open on March 4 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Officials are predicting high turnout for the primary, since no clear Democratic favorite has yet emerged and Ohio is still in play. There are also several high-profile state races.

Voting absentee by mail Voters can request an absentee ballot by mail until noon on March 1. Ballots must be returned to the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on March 4. Absentee ballot info is available here.

Voting absentee in person You can cast an absentee ballot in person at the board of elections in the county where you are registered. Office hours for in-person absentee voting at the Franklin County Board of Elections are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 3 and on February 23 and March 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. You have the option of using the paper ballot or the electronic voting machine. It's the same as voting in the polls, but you're doing it in advance of the election.

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