When are elections held?

Elections in Ohio are always held in May (March in Presidential election year) and November.  In Medina County, a Special election can be held, based on the filing of issues, in August.

Types of voting:

UOCAVA voters (All Military and overseas citizens) can request an absentee ballot, which is sent to them at least 45 days prior to the election.

Absentee voters can begin voting beginning 29 days prior to the election,

either at the Board of Elections Office on touch-screen voting machines or on optical scan paper ballots or they can request and be sent optical scan paper ballots in the mail to be filled out and returned. In person Absentee voting ends the Monday before the election at 2:00 pm.

Election Day voters must vote at their assigned polling locations, open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm.

There are two types of Absentee voting:

In-Person and By Mail.

In-person Absentee voting takes place in the Board of Elections office on either touch-screen voting machines or on optical scan paper ballots.

Voting by mail requires that you request that an optical scan paper ballot be mailed to you, which can be filled out at home and mailed back to the Board of Elections.

Clicking the Absentee Voting button above will provide you with the information you need to accomplish your Absentee vote.


Military and Overseas Voting is handled differently.  Please see the column on the far right for more information.

Voting on Election Day is done at a registered voter’s assigned polling place.

A voter would proceed to his assigned precinct’s table within that polling place to sign in and show the requisite identification.

Both touch screen voting machines and optical scan paper ballots are available as voting methods.

Clicking the Election Day Voting button above will provide you with the information you need to vote at the polls on election day.

UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Military Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.  Federal law requires that these citizens, upon their absentee ballot request, be sent their ballots at least 45 days before an election.

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) Notification is posted on this website 100 days prior to an election and is updated 45 days prior to an election.  This document lists the candidates and issues being contested in the election along with instructions for the document’s use.

Clicking on the Military & Overseas Voting button above will talke you to the FWAB Notification and provide a link to the UOCAVA section of the Ohio Secretary of State’s website for all of the information you need to accomplish your UOCAVA vote.