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Absentee Voting
  • Requests for absentee ballot must be sent to the Franklin County Board of Elections. For the absentee request form.
  • Absentee ballots requests that have been received by the Board of Elections will begin to be mailed out on October 6
  • Track the status of your absentee ballot at
  • Completed ballots can be mailed back to or dropped off at the Franklin County Board of Elections, including a 24/7 locked drop box. For more information.
Early In-Person at the Board of Elections (1700 Morse Road)
  • In-person voting can be done at the Board of Elections during selected days and hours, beginning on October 6. For dates and time.
Election Day at Local Precinct

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Because of the complications related to COVID-19, it is more challenging than ever for the Board of Elections to recruit the needed workers to staff local voting locations. Franklin County needs 5,500 people to work on Election Day. For more information:  
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November Election: Why Do Some Doctors Care So Much about “Judicial Philosophy” and “Tort Reform”?

This update is to provide background and history on the issue of medical liability insurance and Ohio’s tort reform law – items that have potential relevance in the Ohio Supreme Court races on the November ballot.

As a local medical society, the CMA did not take a position on state-wide elections. The Ohio State Medical Association did issue endorsements in the Supreme Court races.  Read more

CMA Endorses Issue 24 - Franklin County ADAMH Levy

adamh_Issue24_FINAL-400x217.jpgPhysicians have first-hand knowledge of the mental health and addiction challenges that face our patients in this community.  The Franklin County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) System provides vital public mental health and recovery services needed in our county. 

The ADAMH system is largely funded by a local property tax, which is up for vote in the November 3rd election.

The Columbus Medical Association Board of Directors has voted to endorse this levy.

Attached is the Board's letter of support, and an additional levy information sheet from the ADAMH campaign.

Election 2020 | Candidate Endorsements

Recently the OSMA released their list of endorsed Ohio candidates for the upcoming 2020 election. The CMA's PAC was involved in the recommendation process for the legislators in Central Ohio. Over the next few weeks we will be providing quick 1 minute video overviews of each of the endorsed Central Ohio candidates so you can be more informed when it comes time to vote.

Rep Adam Miller | District 17

Rep. Kristin Boggs | District 18

Rep Mary Lightbody | District 19

Rep Richard Brown | District 20

Rep Beth Listion | District 21

Rep David Leland  |  District 22

Rep Laura Lanese | District 23

Rep Allison Russo | District 24

Erica Crawley  |  District 26

Stephanie Kunze  |  Senate District 16

Dr. Rachael Morocco | District 67

Rep Rick Carfagna | District 68

Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs

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    Drs. Stephanie Costa and William Cotton

Advocacy 101

The CMA is working to expand the capacity of Central Ohio physicians to effectively engage to public policy formation.  CMA members are welcome to join the CMA's Public Policy Committee to work with physician colleagues, or physicians can work on the issues of their own choosing, at the federal, state, or local level.

Earlier this month, Dr. Beth Liston hosted a webinar training session with 18 CMA members. More trainings will be scheduled in the future.

To provide additional support to this effort, the CMA has produced two training videos. This educational series will help prepare one for different aspects and levels of advocating in Ohio.

Meeting with Legislator: 

In this video, CMA President and Ohio House Representative, Dr. Beth Liston, walks through the steps for meeting with a legislator in the Ohio Statehouse. From making the first contact, to where to park, to tips on how to make it an impressionable interaction, this video covers it all. Check it out.   


Do you have legislative issues that you care about and would like your opinions and expertise heard by those making decisions on said issues? Then watch CMA Public Policy Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Bill Cotton, cover the basics and best practices of testifying in front of legislative committees in Ohio.  Watch now.