Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Absentee voters may choose to request and vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail prior to Election Day. For the vast majority of voters, absentee voting begins the day after the close of voter registration, 29 days prior to Election Day.
Absentee Voting in Person
Registered voters can vote in person at the Board of Elections office at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Suite C, Medina Township (Off Pearl Road behind Hobby Lobby and Litehouse Pools). You have the option of voting on a touch-screen voting machine or we can print an optical scan paper ballot, on which you can vote in the office or take home to vote and return.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Registered voters have the opportunity to vote in the next election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote.
Your request must be received by the Medina County Board of Elections by noon 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.
You may request an Absentee Ballot by…
- 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)
You may return your absentee ballot to the Board of Elections by:
- Mailing it to:
Medina County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 506
Medina, OH 44258
- Return ballot by mail – Postmarked no later than November 2, 2020 (the day before election day) and Received at Board of Elections by November 13, 2020.
- Hand-delivering by you or a relative to the Board of Elections office:
If returning a ballot in-person, the absentee ballot must be received by your county Board of Elections no later than 7:30 PM on Election Day to be counted.
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.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Medina County offers a remote ballot marking system for use by an absentee voter with a qualifying disability under Americans with Disabilities Act to allow a qualifying voter to mark his or her ballot privately and independently. Ohio requires applicants to submit Form 11-G (button at top of page), each election.