IMPORTANT: If you have requested an absentee ballot by mail or carried one out of the office, it must be returned to the office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, or postmarked November 5th if returning by mail. Absentee ballots cannot be accepted at polling locations on Election Day.
Voting Absentee By Person
You can vote absentee in person for every election by coming in to the Ottawa County Board of Elections office. For information on when absentee voting begins and what hours the office is open, please check the ‘Meetings & Notices’ page on this website.
Voting Absentee By Mail
All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the next Primary or General Election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
Steps to request and vote an absentee ballot:
- Print out and complete the absentee ballot request form.
- Once you have completed your application by providing your name, address, date of birth, form of identification and address to which your ballot should be mailed, sign and submit to your local board of elections. Qualifying forms of identification include writing on the application your driver’s license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number OR a making a photocopy (to enclose with your application when mailed to the board of elections) of either your current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a current utility bill, bank statement, concealed carry card, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address.
- Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections – Ottawa County Board of Elections is at 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449-8885
- Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your local board of elections. If you requested your ballot more than 30 days before Election Day, your ballot will be mailed out on the day absentee voting starts in the Board of Elections office.
- Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls 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 the election. You cannot fax or email a voted ballot.
ABSENTEE VOTING questions? Call (419)-898-3071 or toll free at (800) 697-9807 (toll-free number can be used only when calling from within the county and on a regular telephone, not a cell phone)