Ohio law provides separate application processes for different classifications of absentee voters (militia, armed services, overseas, etc.). In all cases, absentee ballots must be applied for in writing. If you are properly registered to vote, you must submit your written request to the Board of Elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. Your request must contain certain information and your original signature. You may, but are not required to, use an application form prescribed by the Ohio Secretary of State.
Note: Please read all instructions carefully, then type within the form itself on your computer (the form is an Adobe PDF file). After the form is filled out, print it, sign it and mail to:
Wayne County Board of Elections
200 Vanover St. Suite 1
Wooster, OH 44691-4849
If you are not an active duty member of Ohio’s organized militia (including the Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Naval Militia, and Ohio Military Reserve), an active duty member of the U.S. armed services serving outside of Ohio, or a U.S. citizen residing outside of the U.S., you are considered a “regular” absentee voter for the purpose of this guide.