Early In-Person Absentee Voter Law
As of January 27, 2006, per H.B. 234, Ohio voters are no longer required to state a reason in order to vote absentee. However, voters applying for an absentee ballot must provide either their Ohio Driver’s License number or the last 4 digits of their social security number in order to receive a ballot.

Absentee voter requests must be mailed, as Ohio law does not permit the faxing of ballot requests. To request a ballot, voters may download the Application for an Absentee Ballot to fill out or may write a letter which includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Address to send the ballot to if different from home address
  • Telephone number
  • Birth date
  • Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • Election for which you are requesting a ballot
  • Party affiliation if you are requesting a ballot for a primary election
  • A statement that you are a qualified voter
  • Signature of voter