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Absentee Guidelines

To apply for an Absentee Ballot, fill out the downloadable Absentee Ballot Application form, then mail or hand deliver it to:

Summit County Board of Elections
Absentee Department
470 Grant Street
Akron, Ohio 44311

Applications by email or fax are prohibited

If you can not download the form, please write your information on an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

To apply and vote by mail, the following is needed:

    • Name and voting residence address
    • Your birth date
    • A form of Identification. This may include Driver’s License No., last four digits of your SSN, a copy of current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address, other than a notice of election or notice of voter registration. (Please provide one form of identification)
    • Election in which you wish to vote
    • If the election is a primary declare your party affiliation or ask for an issues only ballot
    • The mailing address where the ballot should be sent
    • A statement attesting that you are a qualified elector
    • Your original signature is required.
    • Under Ohio law, absentee voting begins twenty nine days prior to an election.
    • 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 12:00 p.m. noon the Saturday before Election Day.
    • We can not accept faxed absentee requests. They must be mailed.
    • The last day for Absentee Voting is the Monday prior to Election Day at 2:00 P.M..
    • Do not drop your Absentee Ballots off at your polling location. They will not be counted.
    • All mail ballots must be post marked by the day before the election and received within 10 days after Election Day.

Medical Emergencies:

The absentee ballot request deadline in the case of medical emergencies is 3 p.m. on election day. To be eligible under this provision, you must be confined in a hospital because of a medical emergency. A close relative may deliver and return your ballot if you so request and state the relative’s name and relationship on the application, or representatives of the board of elections can deliver the ballot.

Uniformed Service Members, Their Families & Citizens Living Outside the U.S.:

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Absentee Exceptions:

Ballots mailed by out-of-country civilians will be counted if received by the board 10 days after election day, if post-marked or signed by the day prior to election day. Out-of-country armed service absentee ballots must be signed on or before close of polls and received by the board no later than 10 days after election day.