For some, voting by absentee ballot in Warren County just got a little more complicated.
For those who handle the operation through the mail, there's no change.
For those who pick up and return their ballots in person, again, no change.
However, for those who have someone else pick up their ballot or return their ballot to the county courthouse, additional documentation is now required.
Lisa Zuck, the county's director of elections, said she returned to her desk one day leading up to last November's general election and found a bag full of completed absentee ballots.
They were turned in on time, and they were filled out properly.
But there were questions.
One person requested 200 absentee ballot applications (not ballots). To receive an absentee ballot, a voter must complete and return the application and be approved.
Anyone can pick up an application - or 200.
The voters followed the process, Zuck said, and there was no reason to reject the votes.
Still, the questions lingered.
So, the county board of elections approved a policy that requires those absentee voters who would like someone else to pick up or return their ballot to formally designate an agent. The same rules apply for emergency absentee ballots.
"Anybody can come in and pick up the application," Zuck said. "With the application comes a certification of designated agent (form)."
"No ballot is going to go out of here (with someone who is not the voter) unless I have these forms," she said. "I will be asking for identification."
Zuck said there will be no exceptions. "I'm going to make the nursing homes do this," she said.
Instructions will be available in the voter registrar office at the courthouse.
Zuck said if she finds a ballot on her desk and does not have the opportunity to see identification from the person who dropped it off, she will pass along to the Board of Elections that the ballot was returned improperly.
The rules apply for voters who have permanent absentee ballot status. Also, Zuck reminds those voters to make sure they renew every four years. She suggested that those people who don't receive their ballots call her office at 728-3406. "Give me some time and I will gladly get it out to you," she said.