Absentee and In-person Early Voting

Voting by Absentee Ballot in Lucas County

Absentee Voting

An absentee voter is any qualified voter who votes by mail or in person prior to Election Day.

Requesting Absentee ballot

Any qualified voter whose registration information is current may request and vote an absentee ballot at any election without stating a reason.

A qualified voter who wishes to cast an absentee ballot must submit an application in writing to the board of elections to the county in which the voter reside.

Voters may submit applications to receive an absentee ballot by mail beginning January 1st of the election year or 90 days before the election, whichever is earlier, and ending at 12:00 p.m. noon the Saturday before Election Day. Separate applications must be submitted for each election.

Return of Absentee ballot

Absentees returned by mail to Board of Elections office MUST have proper postage affixed to return envelope.

The absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received at our board of elections office no later than the 10th day after Election Day.

If returning absentee ballot in person, it must be received at the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Ballot must be returned by voter or family member.

No one may return a voted absentee ballot to a precinct polling location.

In person Absentee Voting

Absentee voting for each election begins the day after the close of registration, which is 28 days before each election. This is for in-person absentee voting and voting by mail. See Early Vote calendar for location, dates and hours of in-person absentee voting.  
For more information about absentee ballots and voting:

Note: Only military and overseas voters can email their applications for absentee voter ballots. All other applicants must mail or deliver their applications to our office.  Military and overseas voters can email their ballot to lucas@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.

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