Election Updates

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The General Assembly has set April 28th as the final day of the 2020 Primary Election. Voting by Mail has been extended through April 28, 2020. You must submit an absentee vote-by mail application to receive a ballot in the mail.

The extension is only for voters who have not yet cast a ballot in the 2020 Primary Election.

Vote by Mail Applications: (here’s a short video ‘How to Vote by Mail‘)

  • Applications are available here (link to app) or call 632-7000 to have an application mailed to you. You may also fill out an application at the Board Office by using the self-serve station in the vestibule of our office at 4700 Smith Rd, Cincinnati OH 45212.
  • Applications can also be picked up at 15 area Kroger stores (link to list).
  • Voters who can’t obtain a vote by mail application can write the required information in a signed letter (link to requirements).
  • Applications must be received by the Board of Elections no later than noon April 25th.
  • Applications may be mailed to the Board of Elections or dropped off using our secure 24-hr drive-up dropbox located at the Board Office.

Vote by Mail Ballots:

  • Ballots will be delivered by mail beginning March 30th.
  • Ballots may be mailed to the Board of Elections or dropped off using our secure 24-hr drive-up dropbox located at the Board Office.
  • Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by April 27th and received by the Board by May 8th and will be added to the Official Count.
  • Ballots that are dropped off must be at the Board of Elections by 7:30pm on April 28, 2020.

Voting In-Person:

  • Voting in-person is limited to voters with a qualifying disability or voters who cannot receive mail.
  • In-Person voting will take place at the Board of Elections office on April 28th from 6:30am-7:30pm.
  • Voters with qualifying disabilities may also choose to vote by mail, or can request to use a remote ballot marking system. (see FAQs/Accessibility)

Postcard Notification:

  • All eligible voters will receive a postcard from the Ohio Secretary of State advising them how to request an absentee ballot.
  • Only voters who have not already cast a ballot in the 2020 Primary Election may request a ballot.

Voter Registration:

  • Only voters who were registered in the State of Ohio as of February 18, 2020 may vote in the Primary Election.
  • Voters may continue to submit registrations and update a change of address or name, but the registrations will not be processed until after April 28th.

Board Office:

The office remains closed to the public with the exception of our vestibule area which will remain open to the public from Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm. There is a self-service station to complete Vote by Mail Applications and Voter Registration Forms.


The Absentee Voter List on this website is now updated to include voters who are requesting ballots during the extended voting period. We began entering those requests on March 24, 2020. Ballots will be mailed beginning March 30th.


Here’s a link with answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2020 Primary.


Voters who previously cast an absentee ballot or voted early will have their votes counted after 7:30pm on April 28th.

To check your voter registration status online, visit our Check Registration Status page. You can also register and update your registration on our Register to Vote page.

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Quick Links

Request Your Absentee Ballot

Check Your Registration

Register to Vote