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Before Election Day: Voting by absentee ballot

When does absentee voting begin and end?
Primary and general elections:
  • For uniformed services voters and overseas voters eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the absent voters ballots must be ready 46 days before an election. For all other voters, starting the day after the close of voter registration, registered voters may cast an early in-person ballot at their county board of elections. Mail in absentee ballots must be requested by noon on the Saturday before the election.
  • If delivered in person to the board office, all absentee ballots must be received no later than the close of polls on Election Day. If postmarked before Election Day and mailed to the board office, absentee ballots must be received no later than the 10th day after the election.
Special elections:
  • Special elections held in August are eliminated except when a political subdivision or school district is in a state of fiscal emergency as determined by the Auditor of State “at the time the board of elections certifies the office, question, or issue for placement on the ballot.” If an August election is held, the entire cost of the special election will be charged to the political subdivision or taxing authority.

Once absentee ballots are available for voting, any eligible voter may receive and return an absentee ballot in person at the county board of elections office or, if a board of elections has designated another location as its absentee voting site, in person at that designated location, or by U.S. mail.
Who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot?
  • Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.
  • Ohio law provides separate application processes for different classifications of absentee voters (i.e., uniformed services, overseas, and regular citizens). In all cases, absentee ballots must be applied for in writing. If you are properly registered to vote, you must submit your written request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. Your request must contain certain information as described in the following sections and your signature. To avoid potential problems with your application, you are encouraged, but not required, to use an application form prescribed by the Ohio Secretary of State.
  • If you are not on active duty as a member of the U.S. armed services or other uniformed services, which includes Ohio's organized militia (the Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Naval Militia, and Ohio Military Reserve), or if you are a U.S. citizen not residing outside of the U.S., you are considered a "regular" absentee voter.
What is the application process for obtaining an absentee ballot?
Regular Absentee Voters

If you are a regular absentee voter, you may use the application form prescribed by the Secretary of State (Form 11-A) to apply for your absentee ballot. If you choose not to use the prescribed form, your written application need not be in any particular format, but it must contain all of the following information:
  • Your name;
  • Your legal signature;
  • The address at which you are registered to vote;
  • Your date of birth;
  • One of the following items showing proof of your identification:
  • Your Ohio driver's license number;
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number; or
  • A copy of your current and valid photo identification
  • (Note: You cannot use a voter registration acknowledgement notice that the board of elections mailed to you as proof of identification.);
  • A statement identifying the election for which you are requesting an absentee voter's ballot;
  • A statement that you are a qualified elector;
  • If the request is for a partisan primary election ballot, your political party affiliation; and
  • If you want the ballot to be mailed, the address to which you want it mailed.
Absentee Application Deadlines for Regular Absentee Voters

To receive your absentee ballot:
  • In person: After absentee ballots are available for voting you may request and vote your absentee ballot in person by going to your county board of elections office or designated voting location.
  • By mail: Beginning January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, you may mail your properly completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon of the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
  • If you or your minor child is in the hospital on Election Day: Regardless of where you or your minor child is hospitalized, you must submit a properly completed and signed request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located by 3 p.m. on Election Day. To be eligible under this provision, you or your minor child must be confined in a hospital because of an accident or unforeseeable medical emergency. Your application must specify where, why, and when you or your minor child came to be hospitalized. If you or your minor child is hospitalized in the same county where you are registered to vote, two representatives of the board of elections can deliver the ballot to you, wait while you mark the ballot, and return your voted ballot to the board office. Additionally, you may include in your absentee ballot application a request that your county board of elections give your unmarked ballot to a designated relative – your spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, son, daughter, adopted parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece – who shall deliver the ballot to you in the hospital and return your voted ballot to the board office.
For your absentee ballot to be counted, it must be received as follows:
  • If you are a regular absentee voter your ballot may be returned:
    By U.S. Mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by the board of elections prior to 7:30 p.m. 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 that election. (Note: Ohio's election law states that "postmarked" does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system, such as a postage meter. Therefore, the return envelope must bear a valid postage cancellation stamp affixed by the U.S. Postal Service.)
    In person, either by you or an eligible family member: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • If you are a UOCAVA voter your ballot envelope must be submitted for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day and received by your county board of elections not later than the 10 days after a special, primary or general election.
    (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.)