Absentee ballots must be returned to boards of elections by the time in-person polls close – unless they’re mailed, in which case they must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1 and received by Aug. 12. The deadline for mailing an absentee ballot application back to local boards of election is noon July 30.
Aug. 12 is also the day military and overseas absentee ballots must be received by election officials.
What is on the ballot?
Here are the contested primary elections and ballot issues in the Miami Valley on the Aug. 2 ballot:
House District 46 (Northeastern Butler County, including Monroe and Middletown)
- Thomas Hall (Incumbent)
- Matt King
House District 47 (Central and northwest Butler County including Hamilton and Oxford)
- Sara Carruthers (Incumbent)
- Cody Harper
House District 55 (Eastern and northern Warren County, including Springboro)
- Thomas Goodwin
- Scott Lipps (Incumbent)
House District 56 (Central and southwest Warren County, including Lebanon and Mason)
- Joy Bennett
- Sam Cao
- Kathy Grossmann
- Adam Mathews
House District 70 (Western Greene County, including Beavercreek)
- Brian Lampton (Incumbent)
- Katherine Shutte
House District 85 (Champaign, Shelby and part of Logan counties)
- Lilli Johnson Vitale
- Tim Barhorst
- Rochiel Foulk
- Ross Local School District in Butler County will ask voters to decide on a 5-year, 7.99-mill, emergency property tax levy.
- Clark-Shawnee Local School District in Clark County will ask voters to approve a substitute 12.1-mill property tax levy to replace two existing emergency levies.
- The city of Xenia is asking voters to approve amendments to the city charter to clarify rules for city council members and filling vacant seats, adding language that the city must comply with Ohio’s Uniform Tax Levy Law, and specifying that Ohio Ethics Law applies to all city officials and its employees.
Why this happened
State House and Senate seats, along with the related central committee seats for political parties, were supposed to be on May 3 primary ballots. But the 10-month wrangle over drawing new state legislative district maps, as required following the 2020 census, made that impossible. The Ohio Supreme Court repeatedly rejected Republican-backed maps as unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans, who hold a supermajority in current General Assembly and control five of the seven seats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
On May 27 a panel of federal judges imposed one of those already-rejected maps for use in the 2022 election cycle, meaning the redistricting commission will have to reconvene late this year or in early 2023 to draw maps for the 2024 election.
The state House, Senate and party central committee primaries were moved to Aug. 2, when some counties already had local-option issues on the ballot.
Many of the partisan primaries for state legislative seats are uncontested, though in late June the Ohio Supreme Court ordered six Democratic candidates added to the ballot due to confusion over filing deadlines resulting from the map dispute. That includes one added to some ballots in Montgomery County.