Voter Help Desk
State of Ohio
What deadlines apply to the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

In most states, to qualify to use the FWAB, you must first have completed and sent in your Voter Registration/Ballot Request form to arrive, either: thirty (30) days prior to the election you wish to vote in to qualify to use the FWAB to vote; OR on or before the deadline established by the state.The longest deadline applies. You may check your state deadlines list in the Election Dates and Deadlines section on this website.

Some states will accept the FWAB as a simultaneous voter registration + ballot - but only if it is received before the registration and ballot request deadline: If it is close to the election with the candidates already nominated, but before the deadlines, the following states allow the FWAB to be used as a simultaneous registration and ballot: AK, AZ, AR, CO, DE, DC, GA, IA, ME, MD, MT, NE, NV, OR, SC, SD, UT, VA, or WA.

If to is early to mid-October (depending on the country you live and what the mail service is like from there to the U.S.), we suggest that you to download, print, complete and mail the FWAB which you can do from our website. If you saved your registration information in a Voter Account, login and access the FWAB with a click of a button. If you do not have a Voter Account, just click the FWAB option on our website and start the process.

The FWAB provided on this website is 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.

Our system will guide you through an automated series of questions to produce the FWAB Voter's Declaration/Affirmation cover page. If you have a Voter Account, you will have the opportunity to confirm your information, and to enter your ID and birthdate.

At the end of the FWAB data entry process, you must download your form, print, sign and mail it to the address provided in the instruction letter.

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