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We’ve been tracking this issue for months now. The mailing you received did not come from us. Butler County does not send out unsolicited applications. There are numerous groups that have downloaded the mail-in ballot application from the state website, printed their own marketing or candidate literature on it, and mailed them out to voters all across the country. If you have already sent in a mail-in ballot application, please do not send in another one.
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Over 20,000 ballots have already been mailed out, and more are sent out every day. When you receive your ballot, please make sure that you fill it out, put it into and seal the secrecy envelope, and get it back in the mail to us inside the postage paid return envelope as quickly as possible. You can also bring your completed ballot (inside both the sealed secrecy envelope, and the return envelope with the bar code on it) to the Elections Bureau, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You must bring ID with you, and you can only bring in your own ballot.
The letter you received just means there was already an approved mail-in ballot application in the system for you, and we can only process one per voter. We’re finding that the overwhelming majority of people checked the box to be on the permanent mail-in ballot list, then also filled out one (or more) of the mail-in applications they received in the mail.
Despite our address being on the mailing, it did not come from the Butler County Elections Bureau. Much like the mail-in ballot applications people are receiving, these are being sent out by candidates and voter registration groups to remind people to check their registration status.
There was an issue here in the Elections Bureau that caused multiple cards to be sent out to some people. That issue has been both addressed, and corrected.
The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 27th, but please do not wait that long.
Mail-In ballots must be postmarked, or hand delivered to the Elections Bureau (with identification), by 8:00 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.