Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Request Forms Begin Arriving

Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Request Forms Begin Arriving

COLUMBUS, OH, Sep. 2020 — Earlier this summer, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced every registered Ohio voter would receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail. Those request forms are arriving in mailboxes this week – one week ahead of schedule.

Ohioans who want to vote by absentee ballot must send their request form back to their county board of elections in order to receive an absentee ballot. In the absentee ballot request instructions, Secretary LaRose has recommended voters submit their request right away, but definitely no later than October 27th. Absentee ballots will be sent by the voter’s respective county board of elections beginning October 6th.

“Whether you’re voting on election day, early in-person, or taking advantage of the absentee request form arriving this week in your mailbox, Ohioans should know voting will be safe and secure in Ohio,” said LaRose. “With the convenience of voting from home comes a responsibility – don’t wait to make your voice heard. Get your ballot request form in the mail as soon as you can.”

By getting their ballot request forms in early, voters will ease the burden on both county boards of elections staff who are expecting a significant influx of election mail, as well as the postal workers in their community who are working to make sure it’s delivered on time.

TELEVISION NEWS: Click here for B-Roll from the print shop in Hebron, Ohio where the printing was completed.(opens in a new window)

ALL MEDIA: Click here for an image of the envelope, voter instructions, and absentee ballot form that registered voters will receive (PDF)(opens in a new window).

The first round of the mailing included voters currently registered in the state of Ohio. There will be two more rounds of forms still to be mailed to Ohioans who register to vote through the October 5th registration deadline. The current estimated cost of the mailing is $1.1 million and is funded by federal CARES dollars.

Sharing Best Practices for Voters to Consider When Using the Absentee Ballot Option

– Doublecheck the information on your form. Review your ballot request and ballot to ensure you have filled it out properly, including writing the appropriate date, providing your required identifying information, and signing the form.

– Include your e-mail and/or phone number. For the first time in a general election, county board of elections will be calling or e-mailing voters who may need to remedy information on their ballot request form or absentee ballot envelope. Including your information will ensure you can be reached if your ballot request doesn’t have everything filled out properly.

– Don’t wait. To accommodate necessary processing time at the county board of elections and the time required for the United States Postal Service to deliver elections mail, voters should not procrastinate – fill out and mail your absentee ballot request as soon as possible.

– Track your ballot. Once their ballot request is received by their county board of elections, voters may track their ballot at As long as your ballot is postmarked by the day before the election and received within 10 days after the election at your county board of elections, your vote will be tabulated.

Absentee voting in Ohio is time-tested and has strong security checks in place.
Ohioans have utilized absentee voting for nearly two decades, and that has allowed Ohio to put in place both the laws and processes necessary to make absentee voting secure against fraud.

– Voter identification and signature are checked TWICE during the process

– Voter list maintenance allows for accurate voter rolls

– Ballot harvesting is against the law in Ohio

– Voters are able to track their ballot on (opens in a new window)

These requirements and processes, as well as strict laws against voter fraud, have made absentee voting secure in Ohio and instances of voter fraud exceedingly rare. 

Making it easy to request your absentee ballot
Since 2012, Ohio has mailed absentee ballot request forms to registered voters in every even-year general election. Only after that application is verified by the bipartisan teams at a county board of elections is a ballot mailed to a voter.

Other interesting facts about this mailing

– Last week Secretary LaRose visited with the Ohioans who were producing this mailing. Click here to see the video(opens in a new window).

– Our office is using informed delivery through USPS as another way to get the word out

– The mailing required 17 full-length tractor-trailers to deliver to the USPS


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

Limited In-Person Voting on Election Day

Limited In-Person Voting on Election Day

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Apr. 27, 2020 — In-person voting for the primary election to be held on Tuesday, Apr. 28 has been limited by the Ohio General Assembly due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to Wayne County Board of Elections (BOE) Director Julie Leathers Stahl, only specific individuals will be permitted to visit the polling location in-person to cast their ballot. The only polling location will be at the board of elections office located at 200 Vanover Street, Wooster. Regular polling locations will not be open.

“Voters coming to our polling location will be required to maintain physical distancing and should adhere to the instructions of our staff, signage and floor markings to ensure these requirements are followed,” Stahl said. “Our staff will be practicing safe and sanitary measures in the polling location.”

Voters that registered by Feb. 18, 2020, that have not voted in the 2020 Primary must belong to one of the following categories to vote in-person on Tuesday:

Voters who have a disability requiring the use of an accessible DRE (direct-recording electronic) voting machine.

Voters that are unable to receive mail at their place of residence or other location.

In addition, any voter that requested an absentee ballot by the Apr. 25 deadline and did not receive it, may enter the polling location for assistance.

Ohio law does not permit any voter that does not belong to one of the two categories, or that failed to receive a properly requested absentee ballot by Apr. 25, to vote enter the building.

According to Stahl, posters from the office of Secretary of State Frank LaRose will be placed at the Wayne County BOE office on Election Day to inform voters.

For additional information, visit


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County Government.

LaRose Shares Design of the Vote-by-Mail Postcard

LaRose Shares Design of the Vote-by-Mail Postcard

COLUMBUS, OH, Apr. 2020 — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose today released the postcard that Ohio voters will soon receive as part of the effort to complete the 2020 Ohio primary election. In-person voting on March 17th was blocked by an order from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to combat the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, following an announcement by Governor Mike DeWine on March 16th that Ohioans over the age of 65 should remain home and barring gatherings of greater than 50 people.

The Ohio General Assembly then met to set April 28th as the date on which the primary election would be complete and directed Secretary LaRose to mail a postcard to all registered voters in the state informing them about how to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. The legislation, H.B. 197, passed the General Assembly with a unanimous, bipartisan vote.

The 7.8 million postcards are currently in the data validation and printing phase. They are expected to begin arriving in mailboxes next week. Printing, applicable fees, and postage is estimated to be $2.4 million.

Interested voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot in one of the following ways:

1.   Visit, print, and fill out the vote-by-mail ballot request form, sign it, affix postage, and mail it to your county board of elections.

2.  Call your county board of elections and ask them to send you a ballot request form, fill out the form, sign it, affix postage, and mail it to your county board of elections.

3.  Voters who can’t print their own form may also simply write the following information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it to their board of elections:

·     Full name

·     Date of birth

·     Full registration address including county

·     Address where the ballot should be mailed if different from your registration address

·     One of the these: Ohio driver’s license number OR last four of your social security number OR include a copy of an acceptable form of ID

·     State that “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17th Ohio primary”

·     Indicate if you want a: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, OR Issues Only ballot (choose only one)

·     Sign it

·     Today’s date

·     Phone number (optional, but suggested)

·     Email address (optional, but suggested)


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.