Don’t delay on mail-in ballot

Ohioans have a fail-safe method of reacting to warnings about problems with mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election: Don’t delay.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office is mailing applications for mail-in absentee ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. You most likely have received yours. We got ours and so did a lot of folks we know. And, yeah, it’s “only” Labor Day and Election Day is nearly two months out. But there is a reason why the state is getting those out now. It helps mitigate any possible hold-ups that occur on any given Election Day. And this one is going to be a doozy. Voters using the mail-in ballots avoid waiting in line on Nov. 3. You can do your patriotic duty from the comfort of your home. Weeks ahead of time.

It’ simple: Those interested in using the method should take advantage of it. Absentee ballots should be marked — correctly and legibly — immediately, and returned. If there are problems, they will be because of a crush of mail-in ballots during the last few days before the election. We encourage all voters, then, to avoid the bottleneck by getting, voting and returning ballots as quickly as possible. Yes, too, we firmly believe in the process. That is, each and every ballot will be counted despite what alarmists are proclaiming.


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