Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voter Information
UOCAVA Voters: Register to vote and apply to receive an absentee
ballot using the current Federal Post Card Application (FPCA),
available online at
Information - What's on the Ballot?
Process to apply for a uniformed services absentee ballot
Qualified electors who are members of the uniformed services or
residing overseas may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the
You may use the current Federal Post Card Application (FPCA),
available online at
The FPCA may be used both to register to vote and to request
You also may request an absentee ballot using a form prescribed by
the Ohio Secretary of State (Form 11-A, if you will be in Ohio
during the absentee period; otherwise, use an FPCA).
If you already are a registered Ohio voter, you may designate an
eligible relative to request an absentee ballot on your behalf, like
using the Secretary of State prescribed Form 11-E or the FPCA.
How to receive an absentee ballot
If you are an individual eligible to vote under the Uniformed and
Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), you may ask to
receive your ballot in any one of the following ways:
Beginning January 1 or 90 days before an election, whichever is
earlier, you may mail your properly -completed absentee ballot
application, bearing your signature, to the board of elections of
the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must
receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election.
However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the
election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the
board to mail, fax, or e-mail you a ballot. Your marked ballot must
be returned by mail.
You may fax your absentee ballot request to the board of elections
of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board
must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the
election. You may request that the board fax, mail, or e-mail your
ballot to you, but you must return your marked ballot by mail.
Your completed and signed absentee ballot request form may be
e-mailed to the board of elections office in the county in which you
are registered to vote. The board must receive your request by noon
on the Saturday before the election. You may request that the board
fax, mail, or e-mail your ballot to you, but you must return your
marked ballot by mail.
Once absentee ballots are available, you may go to your county board
of elections office or other site designated by the board of
elections to cast your ballot in person. If you are a UOCAVA voter
voting in person on the day before an election or on Election Day,
you may vote in person at the office of your county board of
elections only. An application delivered in person to the board of
elections office must be received by the close of polls on Election
When the board of elections issues your ballot, it will provide you
with information on how to track the status of your ballot in the
Centralized Ballot Tracking System.
If you have requested an absentee ballot by noon on the Saturday
before the election, but have not received it, you may use the
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. If you receive your absentee
ballot after submitting the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, you
may vote it and return it via mail or in person. If both the
absentee ballot and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot are
received by the 10th day after Election Day, the board of elections
will only count the absentee ballot.
Helpful Sites for UOCAVA voters
Ohio Secretary of State