Absentee Voting General Information

General Information:

Absentee voting begins:

  • Uniformed services voters and overseas voters are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) 45 days before an election
  • NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2018, or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, you may mail your properly completed absentee ballot application to the board of elections office.

Once absentee ballots are available for voting, any eligible voter may receive and return an absentee ballot:

  • By U.S. Mail: Portage County Board of Elections, 449 S. Meridian St., Room 101, Ravenna, OH 44266
  • In-person at the county Board of Elections office, 449 S. Meridiant St., Room 101, Ravenna, OH 44266

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.)