In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Ohio General Assembly has extended the time for registered voters to cast their ballots in Ohio’s primary election until Tuesday, April 28.
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- If mailed in, must be postmarked by Monday, April 27
- If dropped off in person, must be delivered to your county board of elections by Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
- If you requested your absentee ballot before the deadline but have not received it by Tuesday, you CAN cast a provisional ballot at your county board of elections
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1. Confirm your voter registration.
The deadline to register for Ohio’s primary election was Feb. 18. Click here to check your Ohio voter registration.
Any registered Ohio voter can cast a ballot in our state’s Democratic primary. Under Ohio election law, you declare your political party affiliation by requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election.
2. Request your absentee ballot.
There are several ways you can request an absentee ballot from your county’s board of elections. Click here to find a directory of boards of elections, including websites, phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses.
- You can call your county board of elections and ask them to mail you an absentee ballot application.
- You can download, print and mail an absentee ballot application to your county board of elections. You can list March 17, 2020, as the date of the primary election. The board of elections must have your absentee ballot application by Saturday, April 25, at noon, but don’t wait — it may take several days to receive your ballot back in the mail. Also, don’t forget to sign your absentee ballot application.
- If you don’t have a printer, you can also create your own handwritten application and mail it to your county board of elections. Click here to find out what information must be included in your absentee ballot application.
- You can go to your county board of elections to request or drop off your absentee ballot application in person.
(Unfortunately, at this time you can not submit your request for an absentee ballot online).
You can request to have an absentee ballot mailed to a different address than the one where you are registered.
If you requested an absentee ballot but have not received it, contact your county board of elections.
3. Fill out your absentee ballot.
Make sure to print when filling out your absentee ballot and envelope completely and accurately — and don’t forget to sign it!
4. Return your absentee ballot.
There are several ways you can return your absentee ballot.
- You can mail it to your county board of elections. Click here to find a directory of county boards of elections, including mailing addresses. The envelope for your absentee ballot will include prepaid postage. If you are mailing back your absentee ballot, make sure it is postmarked by Monday, April 27.
- You can return it in person to your county board of elections. The deadline to return your absentee ballot in person to your county board of elections is Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
5. Track your absentee ballot.
You can track the status of your absentee ballot online. Click here to find your county’s website for tracking your ballot online. If you have mailed back your absentee ballot but the online ballot tracker indicates it has not been received, contact your county board of elections.
6. You can vote in person at your county’s board of elections on Tuesday, April 28, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., if you are a voter with a disability who needs to use an accessible machine or if you do not have access to mail.