How Do I Vote By Mail?

How do I vote by mail?

Complete, print and sign the Absentee Ballot Application form (English) and return it by mail or in-person to:
Click here for the Spanish language vote-by-mail application.

Butler County Board of Elections
1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600
Hamilton, OH 45011

We will mail your ballot and identification envelope to you after early voting opens (29 days before Election Day). We will include instructions for returning your voted ballot by mail, or use our drop box located outside the Board of Elections office.

Vote by mail ballots will be mailed beginning on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election.

Deadline to submit a Vote by Mail Application:
Applications must be received at the Board of Elections by Noon on the Saturday immediately preceding an election.

Deadline for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election: Noon on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Deadline to return your Vote by Mail Ballot:
Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked by the Monday before Election Day for all elections.
Or you may return your ballot in person to the Board of Elections office by 7:30pm on Election Day.
Do not return your voted ballot to your polling place on Election Day.

Deadline for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election: Postmarked by Monday, March 16, 2020 or returned to Board of Elections office by 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

How to return your ballot
An elector may return an absentee ballot (1) by mail, (2) deliver it personally to the board of elections, or (3) may have a spouse of the elector, the voter the father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather,grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the elector may deliver it to the board. R.C. 3509.05(A). 

Envelopes containing marked absent voter’s ballots must be delivered to the board no later than the close of polls on the day of the election. However, any return envelope that is postmarked prior to the day of the election must be delivered to the board before the 11th day after the election. R.C. 3509.05(B)(1). 

Ballots that are delivered in envelopes postmarked prior to the day of the election that are received after the close of polls on election through the 10th day thereafter must be counted on the 11th day. R.C. 3509.05(B)(1).

UOCAVA voters must submit the absentee ballot for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot, on the date of the election. R.C. 3511.09. 

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.

Where is my Vote by Mail Ballot?
Click here to track your ballot.

Click here for information about in-person early voting.