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ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION

Champaign County Board of Elections

Absentee voting begins 35 days before primary and general elections and – except for voters hospitalized due to emergencies, discussed under “Absentee Deadlines” below – ends the day before the election. (Absentee voting need not begin 35 days before a special election. You may contact the Champaign County Board of Elections to learn if a special election is being held in your precinct and, if so, when absentee ballots will be available.)

Once absentee ballots are available for voting, an absentee voter may either vote in person at the county board of elections office, or receive and return the absentee ballot via U.S. mail.

Am I eligible to vote an absentee ballot?

A qualified Ohio voter does not have to state a reason to vote an absentee ballot, although the ballot must be applied for in writing. If you are properly registered to vote, you must submit your written request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located; your request must contain certain information (discussed below) and your original signature. You may, but are not required to, use the application form prescribed by the Secretary of State (Form 11-A). Click HERE to print the form.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Ohio law has separate application processes, described below, for different voters: “Regular” (other than militia, armed services, overseas or provisional voters).

Your written application for the absentee ballot need not be in any particular form, but must contain all of the following information:

1. Your name
2. Your signature
3. The address at which you are registered to vote
4. Your date of birth
5. One of the following:
  · Your driver’s license number, or
  · The last 4 digits of your social security number, or
  · A copy of your current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, pay check, or other government document that shows name and address.
6. A statement identifying the election for which absentee voter’s ballots are requested,
7. A statement that you are a qualified elector,
8. If the request is for a primary election ballot, your political party affiliation;and
9. If you want the ballots to be mailed the address to which you want them mailed.

Active duty members of the organized militia (the Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Naval Militia and Ohio Military Reserve collectively). 

If you are on active duty with Ohio’s organized militia, your written application must contain all the information required of “regular” absentee voters (above) and either the address to which the ballot is to be mailed or the fax number to which it is to be faxed. Alternatively, an absentee application may be submitted on your behalf by one of the following relatives: your spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother or sister of the whole blood or half blood, son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece. Your relative must use the application prescribed by the Secretary of State and provided by the board of elections. This application, which must be signed and sworn to by a relative (“the applicant”), must contain all the following information:

1. Your full name,
2. A statement that you are a qualified elector in the county,
3. The address at which you are registered to vote,
4. Your date of birth,
5. One of the following:
  · Your drivers license number, or
  · The last four digits of your social security number, or
  · A copy of your current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
6. A statement identifying the election for which the absentee ballot is requested;
7. A statement that you are a member of the organized militia serving on active duty outside your Ohio county residence;
8. If the request is for a primary election ballot, your political party affiliation;
9. A statement specifying the applicants relationship to you;
10. The address to which ballot is to be mailed or faxed number to which it is to be faxed;
11. The signature and address of the person making the application; and
12. The applicants notarized statement attesting to the validity of the application.

Absentee Deadlines

To receive your absentee ballot:

1. By mail: Unless you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, you must mail your properly completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections for the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your requested by noon the Saturday before the election. However, you submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible.
2. By fax: If you are a member of the U.S. armed forces or organized militia, you may fax your absentee ballot request to the board of elections in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. You may request that the board fax your ballot to you, but you must return your marked ballot by mail.
3. In person: You may go to the board of elections office after absentee ballots are available for voting. To view absentee voting hours, click here.
4. In hospital on election day: Regardless of where you are hospitalized, you must submit a properly completed and signed request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located by 3 p.m. on election day. To be eligible under this provision, you must be confined in a hospital because of an unforeseeable medical emergency. Your application must specify where, why, and when you came to be hospitalized. If you are hospitalized in the same county where you are registered to vote, two representatives of the board of elections can deliver the ballots to you and return it to the board office. You may include in your absentee ballot application a request that your county board of elections give your unmarked ballot to a designated relative – your spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, son daughter, adopted parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece – who shall deliver the ballot to you in the hospital and return it to the board office after you have voted it.

 

1. If you are a regular absentee voter, your ballot may be returned:

By U.S. Mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by 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, either by you or an eligible family member: 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 no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
2. If you are a UOCAVA voter your ballot envelope must be submitted for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day and received by your county board of elections not later than the 10 days after a special, primary or general election.

(Note: 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.)

Print Application for Absent Voter’s Ballot (Form 11-A)

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

Voter Registration and Absentee Voting Information

Provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.