The Ohio General Assembly approved a plan on Wednesday to eliminate most in-person voting for the primary election and to extend absentee voting until April 28.

The Summit County Board of Elections is accepting requests for absentee ballots by mail for the postponed March 17 primary election. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration closed the polls hours before they were set to open.

Voters must submit their request in writing and the request must have an original signature. This means no non-Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act applications will be accepted by email or fax. Voters can find the application at www.summitcountyboe.gov or they can call the board of elections at 330-643-5200 to request that an application be mailed to them.

Applications can be mailed to 470 Grant St., Akron, 44311 or dropped off at the board office at 470 Grant St. during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m).

The deadline to request a ballot is noon on April 25 for most voters. Those who are unable to apply by that deadline because of an unforeseeable hospitalization may request a ballot by 3 p.m. on April 28. Completed ballots must be mailed back to the board of elections and must be postmarked by April 27.

Voters who have already voted and returned a ballot by mail or in person, do not need to request a second ballot. All eligible ballots cast will be tabulated.