Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Ohio

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Ohio.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

To vote in person absentee you request, fill out, and return your ballot at designated early voting locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in Ohio

Voting by mail is a two step process in Ohio. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 4th at noon. 

  • Include your in-state ID number or proof of residence on your application.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your county election office or county designated dropbox by 7:30 p.m. on November 6th.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by November 6th and received by 10 days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on May 1st. We recommend returning ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the ID envelope. You must also include your in-state ID number and social security number. You may also enclose a copy of your valid in-state photo ID in place of writing the numbers on the statement. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

If you vote in person you must present a valid photo ID. If you vote by mail, you must provide your in-state ID number or proof of residence with the application. Then, when you submit your ballot you must write your ID number and social security number on the return envelope. When returning the ballot, you do not need to provide ID again, but the signature on the ballot must match the signature on the voter registration form. Click here for on qualifying photo ID.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted.  

Haven't used your ballot?

Yes, but you may be required to vote by a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting at all!

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Ohio

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Ohio First Time Voter Info