Absentee balloting questions and answers

The following information is available on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at


I voted by mail or in person before March 17. Do I need to vote again?

No, all ballots already submitted by mail or in-person will count, so long as they were otherwise valid.

Will there be in-person voting on April 28?

Yes, but only on a limited basis. In-person voting will occur on April 28 only at boards of elections early vote centers and only for individuals who are visually impaired or who have other disabilities or those who do not have a home mailing address. Contact your county board of elections for more information.

I have moved. Do I need to update my registration before requesting my ballot?

A voter must be properly registered by Feb. 18. If a voter has moved but did not update their address, the voter may apply for a ballot and will receive a provisional ballot by mail from the board of elections.

Can I send multiple ballot requests per envelope?

Yes, multiple Vote-by-Mail ballot requests can be in one envelope to your county board of elections. When your actual ballots arrive and are completed and signed, each must be placed in the separate pre-paid envelopes provided.

I don’t have a printer. Can I request a Vote-by-Mail ballot?

Yes. You can call your county board of elections and a request can be sent to you. A directory of all boards can be found online at OhioSoS.gov/boards.

Voters who can’t print their own form may write the following information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it to their board of elections. The following information must be included:

• Full name

• Date of birth

• Full registration address, including county

• Address where ballot should be mailed, if different from your registration address

• One of the these: Ohio driver’s license number, last four digits of your Social Security number or include a copy of an acceptable form of ID.

The paper should state “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17th Ohio Primary” and indicate if you want a Democratic, Republican, Libertarian or Issues only ballot (choose only one). Then sign the request and include that day’s date. Phone numbers and email addresses may be included (optional).

What date do I put on the Vote-By-Mail ballot application under “Date of Election?”

Write March 17, 2020 (or 03/17/2020). However, anyone who writes another date will still have their application processed if the remainder of the required information is included.

When do ballots need to be postmarked?

Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked by April 27, 2020. Exceptions are made for members of the U.S. military currently deployed overseas or an American living abroad.

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