OPEN OHIO RESPONSIBLY FRAMEWORK

OPEN OHIO RESPONSIBLY

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A DATA DRIVEN, APPLIED SCIENCE APPROACH FOR OPENING OHIO FOR ALL OHIOANS
GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

1. Based on current data, scientific application and actual results, we believe a responsible opening of all
businesses can, and should, begin on or before May 1st, 2020.

2. We respect past concerns regarding not overwhelming our hospitals, health systems, front line healthcare workers and first responders as well as ensuring there is an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment for them. In Ohio, we believe we are now past that stage of concern.

3. We respect and greatly appreciate all the healthcare workers and first responders’ efforts during this challenging time as well as all the businesses/organizations that have continued to operate through the Shelter in Place Executive Order.

4. We believe the COVID-19 virus is a real threat and especially problematic for the more vulnerable, the elderly and immuno-compromised people. We should continue our measures to protect this population as well as those who are infected with COVID-19.

5. We believe an overwhelming number of Ohioans are responsible citizens and care for each other.

6. We believe all businesses in Ohio are essential.

7. We respect individuals, business owners and employees’ rights to choose how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

8. Many businesses have already modified their operating protocols to safely function in this current
environment. Businesses/organizations recognize if they do not make it safe for their employees and customers, they will not come back.

9. We respect the right for businesses to not open until they are prepared to do so safely.

10. Many people will choose to continue to shelter in place. We respect their choices and right to make those decisions.

11. We believe there are, and will continue to be, major secondary affects from COVID-19 policy
decisions.

12. We believe it is time to trust Ohioans. They have respectfully followed the guidelines and NOW is the time to responsibly open all businesses.

Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans
RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE ON OR BEFORE MAY 1ST, 2020

All businesses/organizations are strongly recommended to follow the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) guidelines and are advised to follow appropriate social distancing and
other COVID-19 related precautionary guidelines. Local authorities are advised to assist
in managing clarity regarding uncertainty. See below for link to CDC guidelines.
Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS:
1. The Governor will assign Strategic Guidelines for Implementation to local governing bodies including
County Commissioners and County Health Boards.
2. Best practices emerging in the state can be monitored and shared via the Governor’s task force.
3. Intent is to provide Ohioans more personal control over their local epidemic prevention actions. This
will:

a. Increase public involvement in community epidemic preventative actions.
b. Generate personal initiative and ownership in generating effective prevention.
c. Create a sense of hope and proactive behavior in our communities.

OTHER RECOMMENDED COVID-19 RELATED PRECAUTIONARY GUIDELINES:
1. If anyone falls within the “more susceptible” profile they are STRONGLY encouraged to stay at
home.

2. Anyone with a fever can be refused entry and should be advised to seek medical advice immediately.

3. Social distancing should be practiced.

4. All businesses/organizations are encouraged to implement on-going sanitization and cleansing.
Businesses/organizations are advised to work with local authorities if guidance is needed.

5. If you feel sick stay home. If your children are sick, keep them at home.

6. If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and stay away
from other people.

7. If someone in your household has tested positive keep the entire household at home.

8. Work or study from home whenever possible.

9. Always practice good hygiene – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into a
tissue or the inside of your elbow.

Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans

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OPEN OHIO RESPONSIBLY FRAMEWORK

A DATA DRIVEN, APPLIED SCIENCE APPROACH FOR OPENING OHIO FOR ALL OHIOANS
GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

1. Based on current data, scientific application and actual results, we believe a responsible opening of all
businesses can, and should, begin on or before May 1st, 2020.

2. We respect past concerns regarding not overwhelming our hospitals, health systems, front line healthcare workers and first responders as well as ensuring there is an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment for them. In Ohio, we believe we are now past that stage of concern.

3. We respect and greatly appreciate all the healthcare workers and first responders’ efforts during this challenging time as well as all the businesses/organizations that have continued to operate through the Shelter in Place Executive Order.

4. We believe the COVID-19 virus is a real threat and especially problematic for the more vulnerable, the elderly and immuno-compromised people. We should continue our measures to protect this population as well as those who are infected with COVID-19.

5. We believe an overwhelming number of Ohioans are responsible citizens and care for each other.

6. We believe all businesses in Ohio are essential.

7. We respect individuals, business owners and employees’ rights to choose how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

8. Many businesses have already modified their operating protocols to safely function in this current
environment. Businesses/organizations recognize if they do not make it safe for their employees and customers, they will not come back.

9. We respect the right for businesses to not open until they are prepared to do so safely.

10. Many people will choose to continue to shelter in p lace. We respect their choices and right to make those decisions.

11. We believe there are, and will continue to be, major secondary affects from COVID-19 policy
decisions.

12. We believe it is time to trust Ohioans. They have respectfully followed the guidelines and NOW is the time to responsibly open all businesses.

Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans
RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE ON OR BEFORE MAY 1ST, 2020

 

All businesses/organizations are strongly recommended to follow the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) guidelines and are advised to follow appropriate social distancing and
other COVID-19 related precautionary guidelines. Local authorities are advised to assist
in managing clarity regarding uncertainty. See below for link to CDC guidelines.
Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans

CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS:
1. The Governor will assign Strategic Guidelines for Implementation to local governing bodies including
County Commissioners and County Health Boards.
2. Best practices emerging in the state can be monitored and shared via the Governor’s task force.
3. Intent is to provide Ohioans more personal control over their local epidemic prevention actions. This
will:

a. Increase public involvement in community epidemic preventative actions.
b. Generate personal initiative and ownership in generating effective prevention.
c. Create a sense of hope and proactive behavior in our communities.

OTHER RECOMMENDED COVID-19 RELATED PRECAUTIONARY GUIDELINES:
1. If anyone falls within the “more susceptible” profile they are STRONGLY encouraged to stay at
home.

2. Anyone with a fever can be refused entry and should be advised to seek medical advice immediately.

3. Social distancing should be practiced.

4. All businesses/organizations are encouraged to implement on-going sanitization and cleansing.
Businesses/organizations are advised to work with local authorities if guidance is needed.

5. If you feel sick stay home. If your children are sick, keep them at home.

6. If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and stay away
from other people.

7. If someone in your household has tested positive keep the entire household at home.

8. Work or study from home whenever possible.

9. Always practice good hygiene – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into a
tissue or the inside of your elbow.

Open Ohio Responsibly Framework – A Data Driven, Applied Science Approach for Opening Ohio for ALL Ohioans

Signature & Affirmation Section:
We do hereby agree to the above noted Guiding Principles, Recommended Guidelines, Concept of Operations and Other Recommended COVID-19 Related Precautionary Guidelines. I affirm my support of these urgent measures hereto. We implore Governor DeWine to incorporate this framework into the Open Ohio Plan.

Paul Zeltwanger

Ohio State Representative – District 54
Signing as State Representative Only
Not as Chairman of the Ohio House 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force
(Members noted below have confirmed their support of this Open Ohio Responsibly Framework)

Here is the list of Members that have signed on.

  1. State Representative Paul Zeltwanger—4/26/2020
  2. State Representative Tom Brinkman – 4/26/2020
  3. State Representative Nino Vitale – 4/26/2020
  4. State Representative Adam Holmes—4/26/2020
  5. State Representative Dick Stein—4/26/2020
  6. State Representative Candice Keller—4/26/2020
  7. State Representative Reggie Stoltzfus—4/26/2020
  8. State Representative Derek Merrin—4/26/2020
  9. State Representative J. Todd Smith—4/262020
  10. State Representative Kris Jordan—4/26/2020
  11. State Representative John Becker—4/26/2020
  12. State Representative Jena Powell—4/26/2020
  13. State Representative Jon Cross—4/26/2020
  14. State Representative George Lang—4/26/2020
  15. State Representative Darrel Kick—4/26/2020
  16. State Representative Don Jones—4/26/2020
  17. State Representative Riordan McClain—4/26/2020
  18. State Representative Brett Hillyer—4/26/2020
  19. State Representative Craig Riedel—4/26/2020
  20. State Representative Scott Lipps—4/26/2020
  21. State Representative Phil Plummer—4/26/2020
  22. State Representative Rick Parales—4/26/2020
  23. State Representative Scott Wiggam—4/26/2020
  24. State Representative Diane Grendell—4/27/2020
  25. State Representative Bill Reineke—4/27/2020
  26. State Representative Jason Stephens—4/27/2020
  27. State Representative Jim Hoops—4/27/2020
  28. State Representative Steve Hambley—4/27/2020

OP-ED: Save Lives, Open the Economy, and Preserve Freedom

As I’ve listened to and spoken with hundreds of Ohioans this week, the one word that continually comes to mind is compassion.

It can be easy to pretend to have all the answers. It’s easy to make things black and white. It’s easy and popular to state opinions as if they’re unequivocal facts.

I’ve spent countless hours listening and attempting to help, comfort, and understand those who are struggling through this while coming up with a plan of action to reopen our state.

•I listened to a daughter who couldn’t be at the bedside of her mother as she died alone.

•I listened to a single mom who was laid off from her job, crying because she isn’t receiving unemployment and she doesn’t have food for her kids.

•I listened to an exhausted business owner telling me about having to close his doors and lay off his employees due to a restricted and destabilized economy.

•I listened to the pain of those dying in a nursing home alone.

•I listened as people with underlying illnesses explained to me the fear they felt when going out to get groceries.

•I have seen the death reports of those with underlying illnesses.

•I listened to the restaurant owner whose life savings was being drained away from having to close her doors. Tears streamed down as she said she might never reopen again.

•I listened to the heartbroken high-school senior as she tried to process missing out on the final moments of her senior year: prom, the spring sports season, and celebrating the last day of school.

I’ve listened and I’ve learned. It’s complex.

All of us are feeling, thinking, and struggling through things that we’ve never had to before.

All this listening and learning has showed me that we are in need of one thing in our community: compassion.

In this difficult time, we all need to show compassion, as we realize there’s no easy answer. It takes compassion and humility to realize that, while some might not think this is serious, for the grieving families who’ve lost loved ones, this is the worst tragedy that could happen.

It takes compassion and humility to realize that, for the single mother losing her job and the business owner losing his business, this is the worst tragedy that could happen.

We can hold both as tragedies without diminishing either’s pain. We can fight hard to reopen our state while still speaking in a way that is full of compassion and humility. The greatest leaders are ones who can stand strong in what they believe is right and true, understanding that people’s circumstances are different and their pain is real. We must have both action and compassion. We need truth spoken in love.

Let’s have compassion and extend it graciously. We’re living in extraordinary times – our lives, families, and communities can either be marked by humility and compassion, or anger and bitterness.

We all want to see lives saved, the economy open quickly, and freedom preserved.

So today, let’s move forward with compassion and humility as we forge through this new territory to quickly reopen the state of Ohio together.

-Jena Powell | State Rep., Ohio 80

COVID-19 FAQ: Unemployment, H.B. 197, Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force, CARES Act, stimulus checks, and PPP/EIDL Loans, Community Conversations

Due to COVID-19 and a mass number of emails and phone calls coming in to our state office, we are doing everything we can to get back to you as quickly as possible. We are here to serve you.

Here are some frequently asked questions that will hopefully address at least part of your concerns:

1)      Unemployment:

  1. If you are having trouble with a PIN number, call 1-866-962-4064.
  2. If you have received a confirmation number but no payment yet, call your processing center (found by your social security number at this link: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/claims-processing-center-locations.stm).
  3. If you have not received a confirmation number and cannot complete your application, call the unemployment hotline at 1-877-644-6562.
  4. Jobs and Family Services is still working to implement self-employed workers into the unemployment system, and will inform all 1099 filers as soon as this is up and running.
  5. You can also find a helpful list of FAQ at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm.
  6. For any other concerns, email us.

2)      HB 197:

  1. Voting by absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before April 27th
  2. Tax filing deadline for state income tax extended to July 15th
  3.  Any additional questions, email us.

3)      Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force:

  1. If you have specific opinions or information to share, Rep. Powell will read it over and thanks you for sending this!
  2. If you are a small business that is willing to share your story and COVID-19 experience with the Task Force, thank you! We will be emailing you shortly with the form to fill out and additional information.

4)      CARES Act, stimulus checks, and PPP/EIDL Loans:

  1. We will forward your concerns along to Congressman Warren Davidson’s office, since the CARES Act is federal.
  2. Social Security recipients will automatically receive their stimulus check.
  3.  Any additional questions regarding assistance available to small businesses, please email us and we will follow up.

5)      Community Conversations:

  1. For information regarding when Rep. Powell is hosting virtual Community Conversations with special guests, please visit her Facebook page.

Let us know if you have a specific request or follow-up question, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

-Jena Powell, State Rep.|OH-80

State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

Community Conversations: T. Elliot Gaiser

Rep. Powell Announces Virtual ‘Community Conversation’ Event

ARCANUM – State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announces she will be hosting a community conversation event with T. Elliot Gaiser to discuss regulatory and administrative law in regard to COVID-19. The event will be held tomorrow via Facebook Live.

Gaiser is an attorney from Northeast Ohio and has experience in issues related to the separation of powers, federalism, the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act. He served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“I’m grateful Mr. Gaiser will share his knowledge with my constituents as we navigate through this uncertain period in our nation’s history,” said Powell.  “It’s important that we are aware of the current laws and regulations as we face this pandemic.”

To participate in the community conversation, please visit the @VoteJenaPowell Facebook page on Wednesday, April 22nd at 9:00am. If you have any questions about the event or how to access the Facebook page, please email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov

BIO For T. Elliot Gaiser:
T. Elliot Gaiser received his J.D. in 2016 from the University of Chicago law school, where he was a Bradley Fellow, Vice President of University of Chicago Federalist Society, and winner of the Karl Llewelyn Memorial Cup for excellence in brief writing & oral advocacy. Before graduation, Mr. Gaiser was an extern to Judge Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a clerk in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office of the Solicitor General.

Prior to law school, Mr. Gaiser worked as a Graduate Fellow for Welfare Studies covering anti-poverty programs and immigration issues at The Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Gaiser graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2012, where he served as Opinions Editor of The Collegian, received the Edward Everett Prize in Oratory, and worked as an on-air DJ for WCSR Radio Hillsdale 92.1 FM, 1340 AM.

Mr. Gaiser was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he focused on issues related to the separation of powers, federalism, environmental regulation, the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Mr. Gaiser served as a law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and to Judge Neomi Rao on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Op-Eds by T. Elliot Gaiser:
GAISER: Justice Clarence Thomas at Hillsdale: Fulfill the Obligations of Freedom To Become Beacons of Light, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, July 7, 2016
GAISER: Millennials’ Politically Uncertain Trumpet, PJMedia, Jan. 28, 2016
GAISER: Seven Reasons to Reform Food Stamps, The Daily Signal, July 4, 2013
BOCCIA & GAISER: Three Reasons for Social Security to Use Chained CPI, RealClearPolitics, Mar. 26, 2013

 

State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

 

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

Rep. Powell Encourages Small Businesses to Provide Input to Task Force

ARCANUM – State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) is encouraging small business owners throughout her district to share their experience on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their operations as leaders seek to understand the full extent of the coronavirus on Ohio’s economy.

“As a member of the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force, I’ve been having thoughtful conversations with business owners from across our state,” said Powell. “I encourage the hardworking people in Miami County and Darke County to provide their insight to the task force so their perspective is represented as we re-open Ohio as soon as possible.”

The OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force will review all submissions. Once reviewed, the task force is planning to invite owners throughout the state to participate in an upcoming virtual meeting to explain the impact in greater detail.

If you are a business owner, please consider emailing Rep80@ohiohouse.gov the following:

  • Name and location of the business
  • Number of employees
  • Years in business
  • Contact information for business owners (email, phone number)
  • Brief description of nature of the business

Additionally, businesses can submit written responses to the task force. If submitting or speaking before the task force, the panel asks businesses focus on the following points:

  • If/how they are able to operate during the coronavirus.
  • What kind of financial strains have been brought on by this? If they have been in business for many years, how has this been compared to other financial downturns?
  • What kinds of obstacles do they see ahead of them once they are able to fully open up again?
  • Any governmental roadblocks ahead that the legislature should be aware of?
  • Any ideas that they might have on protocols they believe would be helpful to return to work while maintaining a level of safety to provide confidence to their customers?

The OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force will be meeting today at 12:30pm. The meeting can be streamed live on The Ohio Channel website. In addition, Rep. Powell encourages her constituents to follow @OHTaskForce2020 on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

 

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

State Legislator of the Month – OH Representative Jena Powell

Rep. Powell is thrilled to be named “State Legislator of the Month” by American Legislative Exchange Council – a nationwide organization dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.

To hear a podcast conversation with American Legislative Exchange Council and FreedomWorks as we discussed conservative policy in light of COVID-19, follow the link here:
https://podcast.alec.org/29

In this podcast we discussed H.B. 197, joint sponsored by Rep. Derek Merrin and Rep. Jena Powell.

More info can be found at ALEC.org:

For the month of April, we are pleased to announce Ohio Representative Jena Powell as the ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Month. This award is used to highlight substantive state policy successes by State Legislators – bringing their local story to a national platform. The FreedomWorks network of activists is second to none in supporting the efforts of liberty-loving state legislators.

During COVID-19, we’ve seen leaders step up to support Americans across the country.  But in Ohio, a bill sponsored by Rep. Jena Powell, along with fellow ALEC member Rep. Derek Merrin, stands out. The legislation authorized the Ohio Tax Commissioner to extend the deadlines for personal income tax filing and payment for Ohio taxpayers from April to July 15, 2020. At the time of writing, no other state legislature has done this.

Many states have delayed their tax deadlines, but they’ve done so via executive order or by a government agency’s decision. Ohio is the first to do it legislatively and we applaud their work. The bill also supports rolling back licensing requirements, increasing flexibility for school choice programs and many more pro-liberty responses to the pandemic.

Thank you, Representative Powell, for protecting individual liberty and free enterprise in the states. Congratulations on being the newest ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Month.

Join Rep. Powell & Congressman Davidson Thursday!

You’re Invited to join State Representative Jena Powell and Congressman Warren Davidson on Facebook Live, Thursday, April 16th, at 9am!

We will be discussing our community, policy, and impacts of COVID-19.

If you have questions in advance, feel free to email them to Rep80@ohiohouse.gov, or you can also ask them in the comments section during the live video.

To participate in this Community Conversation, please visit the @VoteJenaPowell Facebook page. The event will begin at 9:00am.

If you have any questions about this event, or how to access the Facebook page, please email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

Hope to see you there,

-Jena Powell

Community Conversations With Special Guest – FACEBOOK LIVE

State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announces she will be hosting community conversations with special guests from her district next week. Each event will be held via Facebook Live.
“As we face the coronavirus pandemic, I want to hear input from our community leaders regarding how we can rise stronger than before,” said Powell. “I look forward to engaging with my constituents and hearing their questions on issues that matter most to them.”

Each special guest will focus on a certain topic:
Monday, April 13th : Eric Fee – Community Involvement
Tuesday, April 14th : Johnathan Newman – Faith
Wednesday, April 15th : Paul Hemminger – Children & Families
Thursday, April 16th : Special Guest TBD – Small Business

Recently, Powell was appointed to OHIO 2020, a bipartisan task force that will focus on helping get Ohio’s economy back on track in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel began meeting remotely this week.

To participate in the community conversations, please visit the @VoteJenaPowell Facebook page. Each event will begin at 9:00am.

If you have any questions about the event or how to
access the Facebook page, please email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov

Rep. Powell Assigned to COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) is named by Speaker Householder (R-Glenford) to the OHIO 2020 Task Force.

“We are walking unchartered territory due to COVID-19 right now,” said Rep. Powell. “While we are doing everything we can to keep Ohioans healthy, we also need to continue looking at the economics factors that are associated with COVID-19 in preparation for recovery when this pandemic ends. I am grateful that Speaker Householder set up this task force so we can continue the conversation on a statewide basis to ensure businesses and families have the ability to survive and thrive both short-term and long-term.” Speaker Larry Householder today named 24 legislators to the bipartisan task force that will study ways the Ohio House can lay the foundation for economic recovery from the COVID-19
pandemic.

Speaker Householder said that as the critical work of doctors, nurses, first responders and public health leaders continues in an effort to keep Ohioans safe and healthy, it’s equally important to focus on planning Ohio’s economic recovery. “Prior to COVID-19 coming to our shores, our nation was experiencing perhaps the best economic time in its history,” Householder said. “The policies that needed to be put in place have flattened two curves, one regarding the spread of the virus, the other regarding our economy. Ohio needs to get healthy and back to work as soon as possible,” according to Speaker Householder. Speaker Householder continues, “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives, including the economic well-being and future of Ohio families and businesses. What are the barriers to economic recovery? How do we help Ohio’s families and employers recover and emerge stronger than before? This is a critical time for Ohio’s future. I believe we can rebound from this challenge in a better position than anyone in the nation if we plan ahead and implement
well.”

The panel will begin meeting remotely today. There will be guests each meeting from the business, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, services and recreational sectors to discuss their experience and brainstorm ways to rebound Ohio’s job market once COVID-19 has ran its course.

Rep. Powell says, “If you want to provide input from my community to me regarding our economic recovery, email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or call the office at 614-466-8114 so that I can be a voice for you on this task force.”

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

2020 PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION

The legislature extended absentee ballot voting. Voters MUST vote by absentee and have it postmarked by April 27th, 2020. No in person voting will happen except for individuals voting with disabilities.

  • Ohioans who were eligible to vote on March 17, 2020, will be able to cast their ballot by mail. Please note mail ballots must be postmarked on or before April 27, 2020, and received by May 8.
  •  Ballots that are not returned by mail must be received by the county elections board by 7:30 p.m. on April 28.
  • In-person voting will only occur on April 28 and will only be available for individuals with disabilities who require in-person voting assistance and those who do not have a home mailing address.
  • Those Ohioans who cast their ballot early will have their vote count.
  • Voters can still obtain an absentee ballot request form by calling their county Board of Elections, visiting their website or going to VoteOhio.gov

The Secretary of State’s website – VoteOhio.gov – has additional information.

If you have questions, please email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov for more information.