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45 Day Notice for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots for the November 7, 2017 General Election


Both federal and state laws govern absentee voting by uniformed services and overseas United States citizens. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act are federal laws enacted to protect the rights of United States citizens to vote in federal elections while they are serving in the uniformed services or residing overseas. The Ohio General Assembly has incorporated those federal protections into the Ohio Revised Code and has extended them to state and local elections.

Apply for a uniformed services absentee ballot





Qualified voters who are members of the uniformed services or residing overseas may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  • You may use the current Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), available online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.  The FPCA may be used both to register to vote and to request absentee ballots.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Important Resources

Who qualifies as an overseas voter?





A U.S. citizen living outside the U.S. is eligible to vote in the Ohio precinct in which the voter resided immediately before leaving the U.S. if the voter was, or could have been registered to vote in Ohio while residing there, or currently is eligible under Ohio law to vote in Ohio.

A U.S. citizen who was born outside the U.S. is deemed to have a voting residence in Ohio at the place in the Ohio precinct where the person's parent or guardian continuously resided for at least 30 days immediately before leaving the United States.

Who qualifies as a uniformed services voter?





If you are serving on active duty in the uniformed services (U.S. Armed Services, merchant marines, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, the national guard and organized militia) and meet the requirements for voting at your Ohio voting residence, you may vote a uniformed services absentee ballot. Your spouse and dependents may vote a uniformed services absentee ballot if they left their Ohio voting residence to be with or near you.

The voting residence of a service member is the place in Ohio where the service member resided for at least 30 days immediately preceding the commencement of his or her service.

Deadlines for military and overseas voters





Requesting your ballot:


  • By mail, e-mail or fax: Beginning January 1 of any year, or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, if you are an individual eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), you may request an absentee ballot by mailing, e-mailing or faxing your properly-completed absentee ballot application to the Carroll County Board of Elections. 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 send you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
  • Note: Though ballots may be requested by e-mail or fax, voted ballots may be returned only by mail or in person. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it may not be accepted, processed, or counted.
  • In person: The day after the close of registration, a UOCAVA voter may also go to the Carroll County Board of Elections office or other designated location for in-person absentee voting during voting hours to both request and cast their absentee ballot. 

Returning your ballot:


  • By U.S. Mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be submitted for mailing no later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.
  • In person, either by you or an eligible family member: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. It may not be returned to a polling location.
  • Note: Voted ballots may be returned only by mail or in person. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it may not be accepted, processed, or counted.


Tracking your ballot:

When the Carroll County Board of Elections issues your ballot, it will provide you with information on how to track the status of your ballot in the Ohio 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.