How Do I Vote Absentee?

How Do I Vote An Absentee Ballot In Person?

Allen County voters may vote an absentee ballot by coming to the Board of Elections located in the lower level of the Third Court of Appeals Building located at 204 N. Main in Lima beginning the day after registration ends. Details will be available on the front page our of our website each election.

How Do I Vote An Absentee Ballot by Mail?

You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote.

To request a ballot by mail please complete an absentee ballot request form and mail it to the Board of Elections. You will receive your ballot in the mail with instructions for returning the ballot. To make sure your ballot is counted, it must be received as follows:

  • By U.S. mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after that election. (Note: Ohio’s election law states that “postmarked” does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system, such as a postage meter. Therefore, the return envelope must bear a valid postage cancellation stamp affixed by the U.S. Postal Service.)
  • In person: Either by you or an eligible family member: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered by hand to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

(Note: No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.)

Complete and mail application to:
Allen County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 5008
Lima, Ohio 45802