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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
10/06/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

N/A
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/02/2020
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 Oct. 31st at noon. 

  • Due to COVID-19, Ohio is mailing applications to all registered voters. If you did not receive one, or misplaced it, you can apply here.
  • 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 Nov. 3rd.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2nd 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 Nov. 2nd. 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 statement on the return envelope. You must also include your in-state ID number and social security number. You may also inclose 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. 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. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until seven days after Election Day to cure your signature. You may get a phone call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You will be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

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