Today, or in the next couple of the days, all registered voters in Ohio will find in their mailboxes an application to vote absentee in the November election. For all the partisan wrangling and now litigation over the vote, federal judges ruling recently on early voting and provisional ballots, here is one clear way access to the ballot has been expanded. It offers voters more convenience. It makes it easier for their voices to be heard.
What will arrive is an application. Complete the application. Mail it back, and an absentee ballot soon will be delivered. No other state in the country has taken such a step, except Oregon and Washington, which vote solely by mail.
In this day, when, among other things, many people work irregular hours, it makes sense to broaden opportunities to vote. That explains the wisdom behind wide access to early voting, especially on weekends. The decision of Jon Husted, the secretary of state, to mail more than 6 million absentee applications reflects the same thinking. Now you can vote whenever you wish — without leaving your home.
Know that a second batch of applications will go out in early October to those who registered or updated their information after Aug. 6. That still will leave plenty of time for the turnaround. Take advantage, Ohioans. Cast your vote.