No more waiting in line at the polls!
All Hamilton County voters have the opportunity to vote from the convenience of their own homes.
Step 1: Requesting a Ballot
A separate Vote By Mail application must be submitted for each election that a voter wishes to vote by mail.
Vote By Mail applications can be requested beginning on January 1st of the year of the election, or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier.
Applications are available in the following ways:
Download PDF form here: Vote By Mail Application Primary/Special Election, for any election.
Call the Board of Elections at 632-7039 or 632-7044
Pick one up at the Board of Elections Office located at 824 Broadway Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Pick one up at any Hamilton County Public Library
If your name or address has changed you MUST complete and submit a Registration Form with your updated information. The form must be submitted before or with your Vote By Mail application. Click here to check registration status or here to complete Voter Registration and Information Update Form (PDF.
Step 2: Completing the Vote by Mail Application
Fill in your name, address, date of birth, form of identification and address to which your ballot should be mailed, then print and sign the application.
Qualifying forms of identification include 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 making a photocopy (to enclose with your application) of either your current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.
Vote by Mail Applications must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on the third day before Election Day OR you may deliver the application in person to the Board of Elections by 5:00pm the Friday before Election Day.
Applications for persons who are hospitalized or whose minor child is hospitalized due to an accident or unforeseeable medical emergency will be accepted until 3 pm on Election Day.
We are unable to process applications that do not provide all required information.
We cannot accept Vote by Mail applications by email or fax. There is an exception for military or overseas voters. Click here for more information about military or overseas voting.
Instructions to Voters of Absent Voter Ballots (PDF)
Ballots are mailed from the Board of Elections beginning 28 days prior to Election Day and continue to be sent until the Saturday prior to Election Day.
Step 3: Returning Your Voted Ballot
If you return your ballot by mail, it must be received by the Board of Elections by 7:30pm on Election Day or postmarked* no later than the day before Election Day and received by the Board of Elections no later than 10 days after Election Day.
*Postmarked does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system such as a postage meter.
If you return it in person, or if a near relative delivers it to the board for you, it must be delivered to the Board of Elections no later than the 7:30pm on Election Day.
"I Voted" sticker (Ohio Secretary of State Website)
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