Absentee Voting By Mail:
Vote from the comfort of home by requesting your ballot be mailed to you.
Beginning January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, you may mail your properly-completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon of the third day before the election (usually a Saturday).
To ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot please request as far in advance as possible
- The return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be brought to the board of elections prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, or 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: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office either by you or an eligible family member no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
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
Early In-Person Absentee Voting:
During the absentee period, you may vote in-person at the Board of Elections located in the Third District Court of Appeals Building at 204 North Main Street, Lima OH 45801. We are located on the Lower Level.
Uniform voting hours have been set throughout the state, including some weekend days, to serve all voters no matter where they live. These hours are always posted on the front page under the Notice of Election for that particular election.
On Election Day:
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location on our website here and don’t forget to bring your ID.