Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.
Begins July 9.
All applications for an absentee ballot must be in writing. Please complete the Absentee Voting Application
Please return your completed Absentee Voting Application form by mail to:
Portage County Board of Elections,
449 S. Meridian Street,
Room 101, Ravenna,
Voters with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, who have access to a printer, may request an absentee ballot and use a Remote Ballot Marking System. This allows a voter with a qualifying disability to receive a ballot electronically, vote their ballot, print their voted ballot and return the voted ballot to the Board of Elections in person or by mail. To use this service please complete the special application located here.
For your absentee ballot to be counted, it must be received as follows:
If you are a voter within the U.S. and you return your ballot by mail, the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by the board of elections prior to the close of 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.
If you are a voter outside the U.S. on Election Day, the return envelope containing your marked ballot must be received by the board of elections not later than 10 days after the election.
If your ballot is returned in person to the board of elections office, your marked ballot must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot and delivered to your county board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m., the close of polls, on Election Day.
(*“Postmarked” does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system, such as a postage meter. Therefore, the return envelope must bear a valid postage cancellation stamp affixed by the U.S. Postal Service.)