Erie County Board of Elections
ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION
Any qualified elector may vote by absent voterís ballot for an election.
How do I apply?
You may appear in person at the Board Office, apply and vote approximately 35 days prior to an election.
You may print and complete the application for an absentee ballot available online and mail it to the Board of Elections.
You may call the Board of Elections and request that an application for an absentee ballot be mailed to you.
You may write to the Board of Elections and request an absentee ballot, giving the following information :
The following information must be included on your application or a ballot will not be issued to you.
What are the deadlines for voting an absentee ballot?
The last day ballots will be mailed is 3 days prior to an election (Saturday before Election Day). All applications must be received by the Board of Elections not later than 12:00 p.m.
The last day absentee voting is available at our office: Absentee/In Person Voting Hours
The deadline to request an absentee ballot for voters hospitalized for medical emergencies is 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. Representatives of the Board of Elections will deliver ballots to voters hospitalized within the county.If you return your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked* no later than the day before Election Day and received by the Erie County Board of Elections Office no later than 10 days after the election. If you return your ballot in person or if a near relative delivers it to the Board for you, it must be delivered to the Erie County Board of Elections no later than the close of polls on Election Day. If you are a voter outside of the United States on Election Day, the ballot envelope must be signed or postmarked before the close of polls and received by the Board no later than 10 days after Election Day or 20 days after a presidential primary election.
*Postmarked does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system such as a postage meter.
Note: Voters should request an absentee ballot as early as possible in order to meet the return deadline.
How do I return my absentee ballot?Absentee ballots can be mailed to the Board of Elections using regular postage.
Absentee ballots can be hand delivered to the Board of Elections by you or a close relative.
Armed Service Absentee Voting (UOCAVA) & Overseas Voting
Who may vote using the armed service absentee ballot?
If you are serving in the U.S. armed forces on active duty or
back to civilian life living abroad you may still vote by armed
service absentee ballot by using the Federal Voting Assistance
You will use a FPCA (Federal Post Card Application).
If you are a U.S. Citizen, FVAP encourages the use of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to start the absentee voting process.
What is the voting residence of a service member?That place where you resided when you first entered the service, unless you later establish a voting residence elsewhere in Ohio.
What is the voting residence of an Overseas Voter?Your residential address in Ohio.
Must armed service absentee voters & Overseas voters register?Yes. www.fvap.gov
How do I apply for an armed service absentee or an overseas ballot?You, your spouse or a close relative may request the Board of Elections to mail a ballot to you. Application may be made in person, by e-mail, mail or fax. An Ohio application form or a federal post card application may be used for convenience, but neither is required; however, all mail requests must include the following information:
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Information believed accurate but not guaranteed. The Board of Elections disclaims liability for any errors or omissions.