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The Stark County Board of Elections

Board of Elections MOVED: Cohen-Joliet Building, Board of Elections, 3525 Regent Ave N.E Canton, OH 44705

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting (In person)

In person Absentee Voting begins October 7, 2014 thru November 3, 2014
Absentee Voting hours Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting (by Mail)

Absentee Voting by mail begins October 7, 2014 thru November 1, 2014
  • Request for Ballot: Must be received no later than Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Noon.

Absentee Department

Address:
3525 Regent Ave NE
Canton OH 44705-3917

Phone: 330-451-7004, 330-451-VOTE (8683) 
Toll Free: 866-878-VOTE(8683)
Fax: 330-451-7000
Email: boe@starkcountyohio.gov

How Do I apply

Write or go to the Stark County Board of Elections and request an absentee ballot, giving the following information:*

  • Your name and voting residence
  • Your birthdate and proper identification information (see application)
  • Statement that you are a qualified elector
  • The election for which you are requesting a ballot
  • Your party choice if the election is a primary, or that you want to vote an issues-only ballot
  • The mailing address to which you want your ballot sent
  • Your signature

* An absentee voter application form is available for your convenience, but is not required. You may download it, print it, fill it out and mail it to the board.

Note: The absentee ballot request deadline is 3 p.m. on election day in the case of medical emergencies. To be eligible under this provision, you must be confined in a hospital because of a medical emergency. A close relative may deliver and return your ballot if you so request and state the relative's name and relationship on the application, or representatives of the board of elections can be requested to deliver the ballot.

For your absentee ballot to be counted, it must be received as follows:

  1. If cast from anywhere in the U.S. and you return it by mail, it must be postmarked* (the day before the election) and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election. If you return it in person or if a near relative delivers it to the board for you, it must be delivered to the board of elections no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
  2. If you are a voter outside the U.S. on Election Day, your ballot envelope must be signed and postmarked by the close of polls on Election Day and received by your county board of elections not later than the 20th day after the presidential primary election or by the 10th day after a special or general election.
  3. If returned in-person to the board of elections, absentee ballots must be received at your local county board of elections on Election Day by 7:30 p.m. (the close of the polls).

* Postmarked does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system such as a postage meter.

 

Armed Service Absentee Voting

 

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 following ways:

  1. You may use the current Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), available online at www.fvap.gov.  The FPCA may be used both to register to vote and to request absentee ballots.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Prescribed Forms

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:

  1. By mail: 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.
  2. By fax: 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.
  3. By e-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.
  4. In person: 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 Day.

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.