Get All The Help You Need With Absentee Ballots

Do you need help applying for an absentee ballot? Do you need to register to vote or check your eligibility to vote in the coming election? Get all the help you need - free and without leaving town. No printer, no stamps required.

Drive up and stay in your car to

  • register to vote or update your registration
  • check your status to make sure you are still eligible to vote in November
  • fill out an application for an absentee ballot

at the United Church of Christ, Congregational, 990 State St, this Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 am to 1 pm; Mon, Aug. 31 from 2 to 4 pm; Weds, Sept. 2 from 2 to 4 pm; Weds, Sept. 2 from 6 to 7:30 pm; Thurs, Sept. 3 from 2 to 4 pm and Sat, Sept. 5 from 11 am to 1 pm. This is a community service and volunteers do not represent any political organization or candidate.

About a quarter of a million people in Ohio were purged from voter registration rolls last year. Nearly 20 percent were removed in error, according to the secretary of state’s office. So checking your registration status is important for everyone. You may also need to update your registration if you moved or if you changed your name by getting married or divorced. If you only vote in presidential elections, you may not be currently registered. 

In Ohio, there will be three ways to vote:

 1) Go to your regular polling place on Tues, Nov. 3.

 2) Avoid the line and go to your county board of elections office - in Sandusky or Lorain - to fill out a ballot anytime between Oct. 6 and Nov. 2. This is called early voting. 

 3) Submit an application for an absentee ballot before Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon. Then receive your ballot in the mail and return it in person or by mail to the board of elections office. This year, the board of elections recommends ballots be dropped off in person at the board office rather than mailed because of expected high volume at the post office.

Blank applications for absentee ballots will be available at the church free of charge from volunteers who will be wearing masks and following health safety guidelines. You will need to bring just one of the following: the last four digits of your Social Security number; or your Ohio driver’s license; or a copy of a current photo ID, military ID or current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement or paycheck that shows your name and address.

Once your application is filled out, you may mail it in or, if you choose, applications will also be hand-delivered by church volunteers to the board of elections offices in both Erie and Lorain counties.

After your application is received by the board of elections, ballots will be mailed out beginning Oct. 6. Ballots are mailed only to registered voters who submit applications. A new application must be submitted for each election. Please submit only one application for an absentee ballot for the coming election.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. By mail, they must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2.

The Erie County board of elections office is at 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky. The Lorain County board of elections office is at 1985 North Ridge Rd. East, Lorain.