Absentee Ballots / Early Voting

The Board of Elections must receive an application for each election the voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot for. Military absentee ballot applications are good for one (1) calendar year (all eligible elections inclusive).

Absentee ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections office by the close of polls on Election Day (see NOTE: below)

Out-of country civilian or out-of-country military absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the Board of Elections within 10 days after the Election.

NOTE: Ballots sent from within the United States and are postmarked by the day before an election and received by our office within ten (10) days following an election can be counted. This law does not apply to any mail that is postmarked using a postage evidencing system, including a postage meter.

Voters wanting to vote absentee / early voting can do so in our office, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. once ballots for a specific election are available. NOTE: Extended hours are available some dates. Please refer to our home page for specific dates and times.

In person early voting ends at 6:00 p.m. the Friday before an election.

Voters wanting to receive an absentee ballot by mail may request a ballot by writing the Board of Elections office using an application form. Voters are NOT required to use the form; they can apply by supplying our office with the following information:

Full Name
Wood County Address
Address where you would like the ballot sent if different than your voting address
Date of Birth
  • A copy of a current and valid photo identification, (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address; or
  • The last four digits of voter’s Social Security number; or driver's license number or
  • A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).
  • View Ohio Secretary of State's I.D. requirements: Bring_ID
Party affiliation preference (Note: This is only needed for a Primary Election)
For which election you are requesting a ballot (including the election date)
A statement indicating the applicant is a qualified elector of Wood County

Mail Ballots to:

  Absentee Ballot Applications
  Wood County Board of Elections
  One Courthouse Square
  Bowling Green, OH 43402

Mail-in absentee ballot applications must be received by the Saturday before an election at 12:00 Noon (see below for specific dates).

Please print and sign your request. If more than one voter in a household requests a ballot, the request must have the signature and above information of each voter. Please include a phone number in case of error or questions.

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2012 Mail-in Application Deadlines

Election Application Must Be Received By
March 6, 2012 Primary / Special Election Saturday, March 3, by 12:00 Noon
August 7, 2012 Special Election (if Held) Saturday, August 4, by 12:00 Noon
November 6, 2012 General Election Saturday, November 3, by 12:00 Noon


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