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Mail-In Voting

Request a Mail-In Ballot Application


 Download and complete a FILLABLE Absentee Voter Application Form.


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Mail-In Voting

Mail-in voting, or absentee voting, can be securely done through the USPS. Request your ballot online or over the phone!


The Breakdown


2020 Presidential Election

Absentee Ballots Requested

by Labor Day


2016 Presidential Election

Absentee Ballots Requested

by Labor Day

Mail-In Voting Process

The state of Ohio assures every voter that the mail-in, or absentee, the voting process is as reliable as in-person voting. There are some restrictions, but more flexibility on how a vote is cast.

Mail-In Voting Request:

Who is Eligible?

All qualified electors are able to request a mail-in ballot.

To cast a mail-in ballot:

Voters apply using, Ohio Secretary of State form 11-A or any written application containing all the required information. Voters may submit applications to receive a mail-in ballot beginning January 1st of the election year or 90 days before the election, whichever is earlier, and ending 12:00 p.m. noon the Saturday before Election Day.

Once completed, mail or deliver completed application to:

Montgomery County Board of Elections
Absentee Department
451 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45422

Mail-In Request and Ballot Tracking:

Ohio voters are able to track mail-in ballot requests and mail-in ballots. Click Here to Track Mail-In Requests and Ballots

Your request must include:

  • Name and Registered address
  • Date of birth
  • Either your Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number
  • Election you are requesting: ex. Primary, Special, or General
    • If the request is for a primary, you must include which party ballot you wish to receive or issues only (if available)
  • A statement that you are a qualified elector
  • Your complete legal signature
  • In lieu of an Ohio driver’s license number or the last four of your social security number, the following forms of identification can be used:
    • A copy of your Ohio driver’s license
    • A copy of an identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government
    • A copy of a current (within 12 months) utility bill
    • A copy of a bank statement
    • A copy of a paycheck
    • A copy of a government check

When will I get my ballot?

Under Ohio law, ballots will be mailed starting the first day of early voting.

When should I return my ballot?

All voted mail-in ballots must be returned by mail, or hand-delivered to the Board of Elections’ office, on or before 7:30 p.m. Election Day.

When should my ballot be postmarked by?

Ballots postmarked prior to USPS end of business, the day before the election, will be counted if received by the Board of Elections up to 10 days following the election. (Overseas ballots can be postmarked on Election Day)

Other Helpful Links

The Board of Elections is here to help. Whether you are a citizen or a candidate, we provide the information you need to participate in Ohio elections.

Uniformed and
Overseas Citizens

Even abroad, citizens can exercise their right to vote. If you are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces outside the state, you, your spouse and dependents may vote by an armed service absentee ballot if you meet the requirements.