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Early In-Person Absentee Voter Law

As of January 27, 2006, per H.B. 234, Ohio voters are no longer required to state a reason in order to vote absentee. However, voters applying for an absentee ballot must provide either their Ohio Driver’s License number or the last 4 digits of their social security number in order to receive a ballot.

Absentee voter requests must be mailed or dropped off in person as Ohio law does not permit the faxing or emailing of ballot requests by domestic voters. The ballot drop box outside of the board of elections will be available 24 hours a day. Absentee ballot requests must be received by the Saturday before Election Day at 12:00 PM (noon). To request a ballot, voters may download the Application for an Absentee Ballot to fill out or may write a letter which includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Address to send the ballot to if different from home address
  • Telephone number
  • Birth date
  • Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • Election for which you are requesting a ballot
  • Party affiliation if you are requesting a ballot for a primary election – Democratic, Republican or issues only
  • A statement that you are a qualified voter
  • Signature of voter

mail to
Fairfield County Board of Elections
951 Liberty Drive
Lancaster, Ohio 43130