While Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly said Tuesday that her office has not received “a voluminous amount” of phone inquiries about the mailers, she called it “an alarming tactic.”
Calls about the mailers have also come into the Miami County Board of Elections, according to Director Laura Bruns. Messages left Tuesday with elections officials in Greene County were not returned.
A mailer showing it was paid for by the Ohio Republican Party states “VOTER ALERT: Public records indicate you have not yet returned your absentee ballot.”
The mailer also reads “Your official absentee ballot status” is “NOT RETURNED.”
Sleeth said he has heard only about calls regarding that mailer, “but there could be other groups involved.”
Attempts to reach the state Republican Party Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Both Bruns and Sleeth said the mailer calls apparently began last week. Sleeth said “from what I’m hearing, it seems like it’s really picked up since the first of (the) week, especially” Friday.
Officials are encouraging those who have received the mailers to check on board of elections' websites about the status of their ballots before calling.
The status of absentee ballots can be checked at https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/COUNTY NAME/avlookup.aspx
The added calls come at a time when “our phones are absolutely ringing off the hook” due to in an increase in early and absentee voting stemming from the coronavirus, Sleeth said.
“We’re trying to get all the calls…but people are getting a busy signal when they’re calling at times,” he said.