Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Ohio early voting
Early voting starts 35 days before Election Day
Early voting ends at 6:00pm the Friday before Election Day.
Ohio voter ID
You must provide one of the following forms of ID when you vote in person:
current and valid photo ID, defined as a document that shows the individual’s name and current address, includes a photograph, includes an expiration date that has not passed, and was issued by the US government or the state of Ohio
current utility bill
current bank statement
current government check, paycheck or other government document
When you send in your absentee ballot application, you will have to provide either your driver’s license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) OR the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Alternatively, you can provide a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID when you mail in your application:
current and valid photo ID
a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address
You need to include your Ohio driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your absentee ballot application. If you don't have one of these numbers, then you must a copy of your identification. Acceptable ID includes: a current and valid photo ID that shows your name; a military identification that shows your name; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document (other than a voter registration notification mailed by a board of elections) that shows your name and address.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers