Make Your Vote Count - Absentee Voting in Ohio 2020

Apr 13, 2020

This message was shared by Representative Emilia Strong Sykes, Ohio House District 34, Minority Leader

With a little over two weeks until the deadline to return your absentee ballots, I want to again remind you of how to request an absentee ballot from the Summit County Board of Elections office in order to successfully vote by mail. 


Before requesting your absentee ballot, review the Absentee Guidelines.

Voting by mail is a four-step process:

1.      Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Application  Click Here.  

2.      Fill out the application completely and return it to the Board of Elections at:

Summit County Board of Elections
470 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311

3.      Once the Summit County Board of Elections receives your completed application, they will mail you an absentee ballot.

4.      When you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back in the pre-paid postage envelope provided to you. 

        The primary date should be filled in as March 17, 2020.

If you are not able to print out an absentee ballot, you can write your request information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it in. The request MUST include the following information: name, home address, mailing address (if different from home address), date of birth, one form of identification, which election you wish to vote absentee (primary), ballot style (democratic, republican, libertarian or issues only), an original signature and the current date.

You can also call the Summit County Board of Elections at 330-643-5200 to request an application be mailed to you. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 25, 2020.  If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by April 27, 2020. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to the Summit County Board of Elections by 7:30 pm on April 28, 2020.

If you have early voted, your vote will count towards the primary election, and you will not need to request an absentee ballot.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact my office at or 614-466-3100. You can also contact the Summit County Board of Elections at 330-643-5200.