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Voters Who Change Their Mind About Absentee Ballot Have Some Options

Applications for voter ballots are seen at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Applications for voter ballots are seen at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Cleveland.

More than two million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots to be sent to them, but some of those voters are having second thoughts. 

Westlake resident Tony DiBiasio ordered a mail-in ballot. But he’s been reading news stories that have made him rethink that decision.

“So I was looking at the possibility of going and voting in person,” DiBiasio said.

DiBiasio’s board of elections in Cuyahoga County told him if he voted in person instead, he’d have to vote using a provisional ballot. That’s only true if he votes on Election Day itself.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive proving some clarifcation. People who decide they want to vote in person after requesting an absentee ballot can still cast a regular ballot by voting early at the county boards of elections. Early voting takes places in Ohio from October 6 until November 2.