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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Ohio.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines
September 23, 2017 Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens:Military Overseas Absentee Voting begins
October 11, 2017 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Absentee Voting and In-Person Voting begins
November 4, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request deadline:Deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot
November 6, 2017 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends:Postmark for Absentee Ballot and eand of In-Person voting

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 May 8 Primary Election Day -- Date: May 8,2018

Deadlines
April 9, 2018 :Deadline for voter registration for May 8 primary election
May 5, 2018 :Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for May 8 primary election must be received by boards of elections by noon
May 18, 2018 :Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 7 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted
May 18, 2018 :UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after primary election)

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
October 9, 2018 :Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 6 general election
October 12, 2018 :Last day to register to vote
October 31, 2018 :Deadline to request absentee ballot by 5 p.m.
November 1, 2018 :Early voting begins 8 AM - 6 PM
November 3, 2018 :Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 6 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before general election)
November 3, 2018 :Early voting ends 9 AM - 2 PM
November 6, 2018 :Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the boards of elections by close of polls
November 16, 2018 :UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)
November 16, 2018 :Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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