Voting by Mail

No more waiting in line at the polls! All Hamilton County voters have the opportunity to vote from the convenience of their own homes.

How to Vote by Mail

1 Vote by Mail Application
2 Complete the Application
3 Ballot is Mailed to You
4 Fill Out & Return Your Ballot

Questions? Contact [email protected] | 513-632-7000

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A separate Vote by Mail Application must be submitted for each election that a voter wishes to vote by mail.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT A Vote by Mail Application (PDF)
(Scroll down for Military & Overseas Vote by Mail)

Applications are available in the following ways:

  • Download PDF form – See link above
  • Call the Board of Elections at (513) 632-7039 or 632-7044
  • Pick one up at the Board of Elections Office located at 4700 Smith Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212-9002
  • Pick one up at any Hamilton County Public Library

If your name or address has changed you MUST update the information with the Board of Elections. Click HERE to check your Voter Registration status or Click HERE to print and complete the Voter Registration & Information Update Form (PDF).

  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth, form of identification and address to which your ballot should be mailed, then print form and sign the application.
  • Qualifying forms of identification include your Ohio driver license or Ohio state ID number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) OR the last four digits of your social security number OR a (front & back) photocopy (to enclose with your application) of a different form of current photo identification (a driver’s license, state ID card, or interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV; a US passport or passport card; or a US military ID card, Ohio National Guard ID card, or US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card).  The copy of the photo ID MUST include images of the front and back, except for a passport which must include the passport’s identification page.
  • Vote by Mail Applications must be received by the Board of Elections by 8:30pm on the seventh day before 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. Scroll down for more information about military or overseas voting.

Ballots are mailed from the Board of Elections beginning 28 days prior to Election Day and continue to be sent until the seventh day prior to Election Day.


Step-by-step instructions are enclosed in your Vote by Mail packet.

  1. Inspect your ballot – you may have a 1-sheet ballot with candidates and issues on both sides (in some elections you may have a 2-sheet ballot.)
  2. Mark your ballot – use a black or blue pen only and completely fill in the box of your choices.
  3. If you make a mistake – call the Board of Elections for a replacement ballot at 513 632-7039.
  4. Bring or mail back your voted ballot – place your voted ballot in the provided white identification envelope. Complete all the yellow boxes, sign and seal the ballot inside. Put the identification envelope into the return envelope. Return to Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Rd, Cincinnati OH, 45212:
    • Drop off in person by 7:30pm on Election Day. You or your spouse, domestic partner, mother, father, step-mother, step-father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, half-brother, half-sister, brother-in-law, sister-in law, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, child, step child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or other family member living in the same household may deliver it to the board.
    • Or send by mail, it must be received by 7:30pm on Election Day OR must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by 4 days after Election Day. Use postage stamps and/or have your Post Office postmark the sealed return envelope. Do Not use a postage meter or online service. U.S. Postal Service estimates that it may take two to five days for your voted ballot to be delivered to the Board of Elections by mail.

If you requested a Vote by Mail ballot and did not vote it – when you go to your polling location you will be required to vote provisionally.

Military & Overseas Voting

Qualified electors who are members of the uniformed services, their family members or qualified electors residing overseas may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot.

Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Vote by Mail  Information (Ohio Secretary of State website)

FPCA – Federal Post Card Application (PDF)

Federal Voting Assistance Program Website

Download Adobe Reader to read PDF format documents

Questions? Call 513-632-7069 or 513-632-7040

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