Absentee voting began Tuesday for the Aug. 4 special election in Franklin County.

Absentee voting began Tuesday for the Aug. 4 special election in Franklin County.

Eligible voters have the option of casting ballots by mail or in person at the Franklin County Board of Elections, 280 E. Broad St., at the following dates and times:

Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 3 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1.
Voters also can download absentee ballot applications from the board's Web site at http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov or call the board office at (614) 462-3100 to request a ballot be mailed to them.

Ballots must be returned to the board by 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Out-of-country military and civilian absentee ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 4 and are due by Aug. 14.

The deadline to register for the special election is July 6. Voters who have changed their name or address since the last election should update their registration by then.

Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman Ben Piscitelli said 580 of 865 Franklin County precincts would be open for this election. A proposed income tax increase for the city of Columbus will be on the ballot in 528 precincts. An operating levy for South-Western City Schools will be voted on in 105 precincts.

Polls throughout the county will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.