Voting & Postmark Deadlines
- Oct 5th - Last day to register to vote
- October 31st - Deadline to request absentee ballot
- November 2nd - Ballots must be postmarked to be received by mail
- November 3rd - Ballots must be dropped off at Board of Elections (BOE) by close of polls (7:30pm)
- Ballot request form must be received by noon
- Drop Off/Mail Instructions: When mailing either a ballot request form or the completed ballot, postage must be provided by the voter.
How to Request Absentee Ballot
- Print this application
- Call (614.466.2585) - Press 1 to request absentee ballot
- Pick up at county Board of Elections
How to Complete Request Form
Request form will ask:
- Full Name (name used when registered to vote)
- Date of birth
- Full registration address, including county
- Address where ballot should be mailed, if different from your registration address
- Phone number (optional, but suggested)
- Email address (optional, but suggested)
- Voter will specify ‘General Election’ ballot
- Sign and date (clear, legible and should match signature on Voter Registration file
- For trans and non-binary/GNC folks, the name used must be the name on file when voter registered. For more info, please see Notes for Trans and Non-Binary/GNC folks section.
- Voting IDs (see below which IDs meet requirements below)
Necessary Voting IDs
In order to complete a ballot, a voter will need to provide one of the following:
- Your driver's license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers)
- The last four digits of your Social Security number
- A photocopy of a current and valid photo ID or a military ID
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address.
Notes for Trans and Non-Binary/GNC folks
Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming voters face additional challenges with voting.
- The name used on the request forms and ballots must be the name on file when the voter registered. If another name is used, a BOE may ask the voter to fill out a provisional ballot.
- Names on file can be updated by registering before the Ohio voter registration deadline (Oct. 5th)
- Mismatched gender markers on ID’s are not a valid reason to deny a ballot. As long as you can be identified from your ID, you should be able to vote.
- For more information, please see this Voting While Trans Guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Track Your Ballot
- Ballot tracking here
- Contact this hotline if you have trouble receiving, tracking or sending your ballot. 866.Our.Vote or 1.866.687.8683. You may also reference the Ohio Secretary of State: 614.466.2585.
What to do if You Have Problems with Your Ballot
If for some reason you request your ballot and do not receive it, you can still vote early at a polling location to avoid crowds, or vote on Election Day. Find your polling location later this fall.