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:


(All Military and overseas citizens) can request an absentee ballot, which is sent to them at least 46 days prior to the election.

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 46 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.

Absentee Voters

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

Election Day voters must vote at their assigned polling locations, open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm. A voter would proceed to his assigned precinct’s table within that polling place to sign in and show the requisite identification.