Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting – In Person:

In person Absentee Voting is held at the Board of Elections office, located at 724 S. 7th Street, Coshocton OH 43812.

Identification for in person absentee voting: A voter who comes to vote early in person at the board of elections must provide photo ID in the same manner as a voter voting on Election Day. If the person does not provide photo ID and wants to vote early in person, they may cast a provisional ballot. If a person who comes to vote early in person at the board of elections does not wish to cast a provisional ballot, the board of elections may offer the voter an absentee ballot application to receive a ballot by mail.

ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PHOTO ID for in person absentee voting:
The following documents will be acceptable photo ID for voting as long as the ID is not expired and includes the individual’s name and photograph:

• Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, or interim ID form issued by the Bureau of MotorVehicles (“BMV”).  This includes a commercial driver’s license, motorcycle operator’s license, probationary or restricted license, or temporary instruction permit. An interim identification form is a BMV document issued to a person who has just applied for a driver’s license or state ID card, to use until the permanent card arrives in the mail.
• U.S. passport or passport card; or
• U.S. military ID card, Ohio National Guard ID card, or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID card (collectively referenced in this Directive as “military ID”).
Note: A suspended driver’s license that is not expired may still be used as photo
identification for voting.

Absentee Voting – By Mail: 

The deadline to submit a valid absentee application for absentee ballots by mail will now be the close of business on the seventh day before Election Day. Close of business” is the time that in-person voting ends on the Tuesday before Election Day. 

A new Absentee Ballot Request Form must be submitted for each Election in which a voter wishes to vote by mail.  Request forms MUST be used to be considered a valid application.

Forms are available at the Board of Elections office, located at 724 S. 7th Street, Coshocton, OH 43812. OR at: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/

Forms may be sent by mail or delivered in person. Applications submitted via email or fax will not be accepted or processed.

Identification for absentee voting by mail: A voter who is completing an absentee ballot application or an identification envelope must provide one of the following forms of ID:
1. An Ohio driver’s license or state ID number;
2. The last four digits of the voter’s SSN; or
3. A copy of the voter’s photo ID.
A “copy” of a photo ID requires images of both the front and back of one of the forms of
photo ID acceptable on Election Day (see above), except in the case of a U.S. passport. A “copy” of a passport means a copy of the ID page of the passport that includes the voter’s name, photograph, and other identifying information and the passport’s expiration date.
NOTE: Voters may no longer provide a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.

Returning Your Voted Ballot

The deadline for absentee ballots by mail to arrive at a board of elections office will be the fourth day after Election Day. Under continuing law, absentee ballots for non-UOCAVA voters that arrive after the polls close must be postmarked by the day before Election Day. The new law changes the deadline for UOCAVA voters to complete their ballots. Going forward, a UOCAVA voter must sign their ballot by the close of the polls, regardless of whether they are postmarked or
where the voter is located. Absentee voters who need to provide additional or corrected information have until the fourth day after Election Day to do so, which is similar to the changes to the cure period for provisional ballots described above.

The deadline for absentee ballots to be hand delivered to the board of elections is 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots must be returned to the board office, not a polling location.

Please note that the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) estimates that it may take two to five days for an elector’s voted absentee ballot to be delivered to the board of elections by mail.