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Ohio's Coronavirus-Extended Primary Is Finally Coming To An End

Jim O'Bryan drops off his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak
Associated Press

Ohio's virus-extended 2020 primary is finally coming to end, nearly 10 weeks after voting began. State officials postponed in-person voting scheduled March 17 due to safety amid the pandemic, and they wound up with a mostly vote-by-mail plan that will allow in-person voting Tuesday for some people with special circumstances.

It's the first election of its kind in the state. Monday is the deadline for absentee ballots to be postmarked.

Voting is by mail only except for people with disabilities, people who are homeless and people who requested an absentee ballot but have not received one.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said election results will be released on Tuesday night.

Ohio Voting Guide: What To Know About The 2020 Election

Voter participation has been running at about half of the 2016 turnout, when two hotly contested presidential primaries were on the ballot. In the Democratic presidential primary, only former Vice President Joe Biden is still running. President Donald Trump faces no Republican challengers in his re-election bid.

This year, the state still has some contested congressional primaries as well as races for legislative seats, judges, and local candidates and issues.