Absentee ballot applications going to all

If you voted in the 2010 or 2012 election don’t be alarmed when you get something in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State.

According to a press release from Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, as part of an ongoing mission to ensure voting ease and cheating prevention in Ohio absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all Ohio voters. These applications will begin to arrive around Labor Day.

Director of the Auglaize County Board of Elections Michelle Wilcox said this is something the government has decided to do to help encourage voter participation.

“They just don’t want a few voters deciding and making the decisions for everyone,” Wilcox said. “This is to encourage more people to have a chance to cast their ballot.”

According to Wilcox the state’s first mailing of absentee applications will go out to more than six million voters that cast a ballot in the last two elections, or those who have updated their current address by Aug. 1. A second mailing will be sent out in October to anyone who has updated their information after Aug. 1.

For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.