- completing an Absentee Ballot Application and mailing it to the Board of Elections
- calling the Board of Elections and requesting an Absentee Ballot Application to be mailed to you
- mailing a letter to the Board of Elections with the following information:
- Your name and home address.
- The election for which you are requesting a ballot.
- Your date of birth.
- One of the following:
- Your driver’s license number; or
- The last four digits of your social security number; or
- A copy of your current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
- If the election is a primary, your party choice, or that you want to vote an issues-only ballot.
- The mailing address to which you want your ballot sent.
- You must state that you are a qualified elector.
- Your signature. (May not be signed by Power of Attorney)
An elector may return an absentee ballot (1) by mail, (2) deliver it personally to the board of elections, or (3) may have a spouse of the elector, the voter, the father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the elector may deliver it to the board. R.C. 3509.05(A).
Envelopes containing marked absent voter’s ballots must be delivered to the board no later than the close of polls on the day of the election. However, any return envelope that is postmarked prior to the day of the election must be delivered to the board before the 11th day after the election. R.C. 3509.05(B)(1).
Ballots that are delivered in envelopes postmarked prior to the day of the election that are received after the close of polls on election through the 10th day thereafter must be counted on the 11th day. R.C. 3509.05(B)(1).
UOCAVA voters must submit the absentee ballot for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot, on the date of the election. R.C. 3511.09.
Please note that the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) estimates that it may take two to five days for an elector’s voted absentee ballot to be delivered to the board of elections by mail.