Election Day is November 3 2020
There are 3 ways to vote in Ohio: Early In-person Voting, Absentee Voting, and
voting at your polling place on Election Day.
Deadline to register: October 5
Check your voter registration or register to vote: VoteOhio.gov
Early in-person voting: October 6 - November 2
Location: Greene County Board of Elections, 551 Ledbetter Rd, Xenia, OH
Check early voting hours here
At the Polls
Election Day November 3, 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Find your polling location: VoteOhio.gov
As of 8/18/2020, Ohio's Secretary of State says masks will be required when voting in-person (early voting or on Election Day).
Any registered Ohio voter may vote with an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.
Post Office Delays
As of 8/17, delays in mail delivery have been reported. Ohio law says absentee ballot requests must be received at the BoE by Oct 31st. However, if the BoE mails you an absentee ballot on Oct 31, it is extremely unlikely that you will get it in time.
If you want to use absentee voting, request your ballot as soon as possible. Absentee ballots can only be sent to you by USPS mail.
Ohio has sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters. If you did not receive one or cannot find it, you can request an absentee ballot online at your county Board of Elections website. The Secretary of State urges people to request ballots by Oct. 27.
Tracking Your Absentee Ballot Request & Voted Ballot
You can track the status of your ballot request as well as your voted absentee ballot through the Voter Toolkit. If you have a smart phone, you can also track your ballot using the free Ohio Voter Information app (available in the Google Play or App store).
The earliest date absentee ballots will be mailed out by BoE is October 6.
The absentee ballot packet includes your personalized ballot for your district, held inside an identification envelope which contains another form with identifying information. That envelope is inside a second return envelope with instructions for filling out your ballot correctly.
After filling out your ballot, seal it inside the identification envelope, then put that inside the return envelope. This creates two layers of protection for the ballot to prevent tampering. You are responsible for postage; be sure to use enough (2 first class stamps).
You must use both envelopes. You must sign in the correct place.
Mail to the Board of Elections or bring it to the drop-box in front of the BoE office.
Mailed ballots must be received by 7:30 pm Election Day or be postmarked by the day before Election Day (Nov 2). The US Postal Service estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted absentee ballot to be delivered to your board of elections by mail. Use stamps, not metered mail or stamps.com (so envelope is correctly postmarked).
Or you can bring the ballot to the outdoor drop box outside the Board of Elections. The secure drop box will be available starting October 6, until the polls close at 7:30 on Election Day. Note: There will be only one drop box per county.
Only the voter or their immediate family can submit ballots in Ohio. If anyone else offers to take your completed absentee ballot, do not give it to them.
Vote only once. It is illegal to vote twice. If you send in your completed absentee ballot, do not show up at the polls in person; you cannot vote again. You can track your absentee ballot online to see that it has been received.
If you request an absentee ballot but do not send it in and instead decide to go to your assigned polling place in person, you will be given a provisional ballot.
We may not know who won until days or weeks after Election Day because an unprecedented number of absentee ballots are expected.
The Ohio Secretary of State said that on Election Day, the number of absentee ballots requested but not received at local boards of elections will be announced. This will give people an idea of how close races are after the polls close on Nov 3.
Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 2 and arrive by Nov. 13 are counted during the final canvass, which must be completed by Nov. 24.
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Absentee Voting DO's and DON'Ts
How to mark your absentee ballot:
DO use a black ink pen
DON'T use pencil or any other color ink pen
DO fill in the oval completely
DON'T put a check mark or an X
DON'T put any stamps, stickers, comments, smiley faces, or any remarks on the ballot.
DON'T vote for more candidates than permitted.
If you make a mistake, you must return the ballot to the board of elections and get a new one.
Ballots are run through high-speed scanners before Election Day and votes are tabulated once the polls close. Staff do not look at ballots before identifying information is removed so any mistakes made on the ballot, such as failure to properly fill in the oval, cannot be corrected by the voter and could result in certain races or the whole ballot not counting.
Place completed ballot in BOTH envelopes: the inner security envelope then the outer envelope for mailing. Ballot may be rejected if you don't use both envelopes.
Be sure to SIGN where instructed, generally on the outer envelope.