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OHIO - Vote by Mail (Absentee Voting) OR Vote Early In-Person

If you want to to vote by mail, REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT NOW! The earlier you make your request, the earlier you will receive your ballot.


REQUEST YOUR BALLOT EARLY ahead of the October 31, 2023 deadline!!!  Mail service can be slow!


You will then receive your official ballot in the mail. Once you have filled it out with your selections, you have three ways to submit your vote:

  • Return it by mail (must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day)
  • Deliver it in person to your county's Board of Elections office before 7:30pm on Election Day
  • Deliver it in person by dropping it into the Official Ballot Drop Box located near each county's Board of Elections office building. The drop boxes are available 24/7 and enable you to deliver your ballot touch-free up until the polls close at 7:30pm on Election Day
  • IF you waited until Election Day to submit your absentee ballot, you must deliver it to your county's Board of Elections office or to an Official Ballot Drop Box in your county

Portage County's Official Ballot Drop Box

More information on Absentee Voting in Ohio can be found on the Secretary of State's web site.



EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING starts on Wednesday, October 11


The Secretary of State's website lists the hours for early voting statewide for each day of the early voting period. For early voting locations in each Ohio county, please consult your county Board of Elections site.
For students registered in Kent, Portage County, Ohio, the early voting location is:
The Portage County Board of Elections
449 S. Meridian Street, Room 101
Ravenna, OH 44266


photo of Portage County Administration Building


Take a PARTA bus to early in-person voting in Portage County.