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Absentee Voting

Any Ohio voter with an up-to-date voter registration can request an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, voters must fill out and return an application then their absentee ballot will be mailed to them. Once received, you must then return the completed ballot to your county’s board of elections. Absentee ballots must be returned either in-person or by mail (addresses can be found in the County Board of Elections Directory). Absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election or returned in-person to your county board of elections by the close of polls on election day. You can find more information about absentee voting in Ohio on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.  

Absentee voting is a popular option for many out-of-state students who want to cast votes in their state of primary residence. While all U.S. states and territories offer absentee voting, the rules and requirements surrounding absentee voting vary in each state. To find the absentee voting requirements and processes for your state, access your state’s absentee/early voting information using this database from the National Association of Secretaries of State.