JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Board of Elections is

reminding people wishing to vote for candidates via absentee ballot in the May 8

primary to include a political party preference on their ballot application.

Many people are

not stating a party on their application,

which is required information for a primary election, Carol Lovas, deputy director, said Wednesday.

“They have to mark their choice,” she said. “Otherwise we don’t know what ballot to send them.”

Voters may also opt for a ballot that contains only issues and no candidates, Lovas said.

Applications for a ballot must be received at the election board

office no later than noon May 5, according to the Ohio Secretary

of State’s office.

Ballots that arrive at the board office after Election Day will be counted as long as they are postmarked no later than May 7.

Meanwhile, in-person voting ahead of May 8 is well under way at the election board office, 8 W. Walnut St., Jefferson. Last day to vote in-person ahead of the election is May 7.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

• April 19-27 (Monday through Friday) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• April 30-May 4 (Monday through Friday) — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• May 5 (Saturday) — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• May 6 (Sunday) — 1-5 p.m.

• May 7 (Monday) — 8 a.m.- to 2 p.m.

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