Registered voters have the opportunity to vote in the next election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1st or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote.
Your request must be received by the Crawford County Board of Elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). 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 mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
Complete, print and sign the Absentee Ballot Request Form 11-A (English) and return it by mail or in person to:
Crawford County Board of Election
112 E MANSFIELD ST STE A
BUCYRUS, OH 44820-2349
You must include the following information:
Your name and voting residence (address)
The mailing address to which you want your ballot sent (if it is different than your voting residence)
Date of birth
Last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or Ohio Drivers License number
The election for which you are requesting a ballot
If the election is a Primary, you must choose a party ballot or an issues-only ballot
- Your signature
- We will mail your ballot and identification envelope to you after early voting opens (29 days before Election Day). We will include instructions for returning your voted ballot by mail, or you may return it to our office during early voting hours at the Board of Elections.
- Vote by mail ballots will be mailed beginning on Tuesday, October 6th, for the 2020 General Election.
- If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you can Check my absentee ballot status or call us at 419-562-8721.
We will mail your ballot and identification envelope to you after early voting opens (29 days before Election Day). We will include instructions for returning your voted ballot by mail, or you may return it to our office during early voting hours at the Board of Elections.
To return your ballot you can:
An elector may return an absentee ballot (1) by mail, (2) deliver it personally to the board of elections, or (3) may have a spouse of the elector, the voter the father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the elector may deliver it to the board. R.C. 3509.05 (A).
We have a drop box located at the entrance to the courthouse on North Walnut Street.
The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be received by the board of elections prior to the close of the polls (7:30 p.m.) on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.
Please note that the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) estimates that it may take two to five days for an elector’s voted absentee ballot to be delivered to the board of elections by mail.
Note: No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.
You can click Check my absentee ballot status to track your ballot.