Voter registration deadline is Oct. 9

By Anna Bolton -

XENIA — The deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election is approaching.

Here’s what you need to know before voting:

Absentee voting

Voters whose registration is up-to-date can vote absentee by requesting an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are the first votes counted on Election Night.

Requesting a ballot: Residents can download an Absentee Ballot Application from the Secretary of State’s website at or obtain one from the BOE. The request must be received by the BOE no later than noon Saturday, Nov. 3 if by mail or by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 if in person. Requesting in advance ensures sufficient time to receive and return a ballot.

Or, persons can request an absentee ballot by writing to the BOE including: name; signature; registered-to-vote address; date of birth; either Ohio’s driver’s license number or last four digits of Social Security number or copy of current and valid photo identification or utility bill/ bank statement/ paycheck/ government document that shows voter’s name and address. Also: a statement identifying election for which person is requesting an absentee ballot; a statement that person is a qualified elector; address in which ballot should be mailed.

Voters can check their absentee request status at the BOE website.

Voting by mail: After requesting a ballot, absentee ballots will be mailed to voters. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5 in order to be counted.

Returning ballot in person: Absentee ballots can also be returned in-person to BOE before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Additional accommodations can be made for military and overseas voters and hospitalized voters or voters with a minor child in the hospital on Election Day. More information can be found at the Absentee Voting page of the Secretary of State’s website at

Early voting

Residents can also vote early in person at the BOE.

Week 1: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 12

Week 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 19

Week 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

Week 4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Week of Election Day: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5

Voting on Election Day

Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voters can check their voting information including polling location through the Voter Search on the Secretary of State’s website at

Greene County Board of Elections (BOE) is located at 551 Ledbetter Road, Xenia. Visit or contact 937-562-6170 for more information.

By Anna Bolton