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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

How to Vote Early

Voters have two options to cast their ballot early.  Both options offer voters the flexibility to cast their ballot when it works best for them.
  • Vote in person at the Board of Elections
  • Request a ballot by mail  

In-Person voting

Voters may vote early in person at the Stark County Board of Elections office starting 29 days prior to the election.

Voters will be required to complete an application that requests identification information.

In-Person voting will take place from October 6th – November 2nd. The hours for in-person voting are below:

October 6 – October 23       8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)

October 26 – October 30     8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday – Friday)

October 31                          8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday)

November 1                        1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Sunday)

November 2                        8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Monday)

You will be required to fill out an application to vote in-person. On this application, you will be required to provide a form of identification.

The office is located at:

3525 Regent Ave NE
Canton, Ohio 44705

Vote By Mail

Voters may request and absentee ballot by mail.  Ballots are mailed starting 29 days prior to the election.

Voting by mail takes place October 6th - November 2nd.

Below are the steps you need to complete in order to successfully vote by mail:
  • Step 1 - Complete an application form. (In order for a ballot to be mailed to you, an application form will need to be filled out for each election.) Download an application form.
  • Step 2 - Mail the completed form to the Stark County Board of Elections.
  • Step 3 - Once your form is received and processed a ballot will be mailed to you beginning October 6th.
  • Step 4 - Fill out your ballot and ID envelope completely.
  • Step 5 - Mail your ballot back to the Board of Elections. Congratulations your ballot has been cast!

In order for your application to be accepted, the following information MUST be correct on the form:

  • 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

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.

Election Day Medical Emergency

In the case of a medical emergency, the deadline for absentee ballot requests is 3 p.m. on Election Day. 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. The application form to vote in the event of a medical emergency can be downloaded here.

Contact Us

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

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding voting absentee.