ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL
All Ohio voters whose registration information is up-to-date have the opportunity to vote from the convenience of their own homes. Absentee ballots are the first votes counted on Election Night. Simply fill out and return an application to our office and your absentee ballot will be mailed
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is at 12 noon three days before the election in which you want to vote. However, we strongly encourage you submit applications at least 7-10 days prior to the election to allow for postal mailing times.
When returning absentee ballots, the ballot envelope must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to our office before the close of the polls at 7:30 pm on Election Day.
A new application must be completed and submitted for each election in which you want to vote. We can accept applications as early as January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier.
STEPS TO REQUEST AND VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:
- Complete the absentee ballot request form*.
- Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it.
- Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections.
- Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call your county board of elections or you can track the status of your ballot request as well as your voted absentee ballot through the Voter Toolkit.
- Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.To make sure your absentee ballot is counted, it must be received by your board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day OR be postmarked by the day before Election Day.The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted absentee ballot to be delivered to your board of elections by mail.If you are returning your voted ballot during the week before Election Day, you should take it to USPS no later than the day before Election Day and ensure it receives a postmark as follows:
- If you use a postage label purchased at a USPS customer service window or vending machine, the date on the label is the postmark. This is the USPS-recommended way to postmark your ballot.
- If you use postage stamps, ask that it be postmarked.
You should not use a postage meter or an online service (such as stamps.com) to affix postage.
It is your responsibility to make sure the ballot has enough postage.
If you do not vote your absentee ballot and instead decide to go to your assigned polling place on Election Day, you must vote a provisional ballot.
Note: No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.