If you will not be in the area you are registered to vote in on Election Day or if you will just be too busy during that time, absentee voting is a great alternative! Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail for the election. If you are registered to vote in Ohio, all voters are allowed to vote absentee for any reason, as long as your registration information is up-to-date.
There are many benefits to absentee voting: you can vote early, you can skip the lines on Election Day, and absentee ballots are the first ballots counted on Election Night! All you need to do to request an absentee ballot is to fill out an absentee ballot request form and mail it to your county's board of elections. They will then send you a ballot for you to fill out at your leisure prior to Election Day. You then deliver your ballot either in person to your county's board of elections or you can mail it in.
For more information on absentee voting in Ohio and the information you will need when requesting an absentee ballot, click here.
If you live outside of the state of Ohio and are wondering about absentee voting, the rules you have to follow may be different depending on your state. For absentee voting in your home state, you can find information online at Vote.Org OR Vote411.org (at the top of the screen select the search state and topic tab: then highlight Absentee Voting and your home state)
OHIO ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST DEADLINE is Saturday, March 14th.
More information on Absentee Voting in Ohio can be found on the Secretary of State's web site.