Your Ohio Primary Election Day polling place may change because of coronavirus

Updated: Mar. 10, 2020 at 4:08 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -As health officials closely monitor the spread of coronavirus, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose asked all Ohio Boards of Elections to make some adjustments in advance of Primary Election Day on March 17.

“I ordered all 88 counties to relocate any polling locations from senior residential facilities to alternate locations,” said LaRose.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has identified 36 locations that are being relocated. The changes will affect 47,841 registered voters. To see if your polling location has changed, visit the Board’s website or call 216-443-VOTE (8683).

LaRose is also encouraging Ohioans to vote from home.

“When you vote by mail, you can track your ballot just like you can a package that you ordered online. You go to and you can track your ballot to make sure that it is received by the board of elections. Also, as a reminder, Ohio law allows for those ballots to be received by mail as long as they’re postmarked by Monday. They can arrive up to ten days after the election," said LaRose.

LaRose made it clear that health professionals don’t feel that working at the polls is a health risk.

“We are working with our boards of elections to make sure they have the most up-to-date information on best practices for sanitizing voting machines and providing hand sanitizer and that kind of thing," he said.

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