Ohio's delayed primary takes place tomorrow and the coronavirus spread within the state's prisons impacts surrounding communities
Ohio’s delayed primary takes place on Tuesday, April 28, and the Dispatch put together a handy need-to-know guide about the unprecedented election, which was initially scheduled to take place on March 17 before Gov. Mike DeWine pulled the plug just hours before the polls opened due to COVID-19 concerns. The key points: If you requested and received an absentee ballot, it needs to be postmarked today (Monday, April 27) and arrive at the board of elections by May 8 to be counted. (You can also return your ballot to a dropbox outside of the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. tomorrow). Those who cannot receive mail (mainly the homeless) can vote in-person at their board of elections on Tuesday. If you voted early prior to the original March 17 election date, your ballot will still be counted. Results of the election are expected to be finalized by May 8.
While DeWine has generally received high marks for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, some have criticized his handling of the spread in prisons, with more than 80 percent of the population at Marion Correctional Institution testing positive for the virus, as just one example. The effect of this spread is being felt outside of the facilities, too, with Marion registering a higher COVID-19 case count per capita that almost any other county in Ohio. Of the 112 cases of community spread logged by Marion Public Health, about 66 were linked to the prison outbreak, and most of those to staff members.
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