Voter Help Desk
State of Ohio
When should I use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB) is for use when your official ballot did not arrive in time.

Our FWAB offers you a Vote-Print-Mail Ballot System. It presents you with federal level candidate lists associated with your election jurisdiction.  Just point, click and choose your candidate,or choose to leave the selection blank for you to write-in your candidate or party choice.  Minnesota voters may also write in names of state and local level candidates for whom they want to vote.

For the November General Election, we suggest that if you sent in your registration/ballot request form already and haven't received your official ballot from your local election office by October 17th that you complete and send in the FWAB. 

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If you have a Voter Account, you can simply login and click to print your FWAB. The system will take you through the data-entry process with your information pre-filled into the fields. You can update/edit your information or just click "Continue" if it is accurate. As an extra security measure, personal ID and birthdate information is not kept on file. Therefore you will have to re-enter these pieces of personal information.

If you do not have a Voter Account then you can generate an FWAB by clicking on the associated item on the left sidebar page.

The registration system will assist you in generating a complete and accurate cover page that is identical to your registration/ballot request form -- as per the federal requirements. The FWAB must be printed. You will see that several pages follow with instructions and a page for you to write-in the candidates of your choice. The instructions pages will include the address for mailing your FWAB.

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