Ohio Military Votes Update, November 1, 2017

Dear Military and Overseas Voters:

The November 7, 2017 General Election is almost here! Over 1,000 absentee ballots have been transmitted to Ohio’s Military and Overseas Voters and over 300 have already been returned to the board of elections.

Mail your completed ballot back today.

Regardless of how you received your ballot, your completed ballot may not be returned by email or fax. Carefully read the instructions provided with your ballot for the proper return of your ballot.

1. Complete the Identification Envelope/Statement of Voter.

The Identification Envelope/Statement of Voter must be completed, signed and submitted along with your ballot.

If you received your ballot by mail, place your ballot in the completed and signed Identification Envelope provided.

If you received your ballot via email, place the ballot you voted in an envelope and affix the completed and signed Identification Envelope/Statement of Voter to the front of the envelope.

2. Use the Return Envelope Template provided.

Place the completed and signed Identification Envelope/Statement of Voter containing your voted ballot in an outer, return envelope.  You may affix the return envelope template to the front of your own envelope.

The template or envelope provided is postage paid in the U.S. mail, including APO/FPO and diplomatic pouches, and should be affixed to an envelope. If using foreign postal systems, postage is required.  Put the correct amount of local postage on the front of the envelope, in the top right corner.

3. Mail by Election Day.

Ballots must be submitted for mailing by 12:01 a.m. on Election Day and received at the board of elections by November 17, 2017.

Have you received your ballot?
If you have requested your ballot and have not yet received it at this late date, contact your county board of elections. You can access contact information for your board by selecting this link: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/electionsofficials/boeDirectory.aspx

Ask the board officials to resend your ballot - by email will be the quickest!

However, at this late date, you might wish to consider casting your vote via the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
 You can access the FWAB by selecting this link: https://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

Track your ballot
Watch your inbox and track the status of your ballot

Included with your ballot will be a tracking number you may use to track the progress of your ballot. Once you fill out your ballot and mail it back to your board of elections, be sure to periodically use this link https://usoav.sos.state.oh.us/UOCAVA_vr__Login.aspx and the PIN provided to verify that your ballot has arrived at your county board of elections!

You may also visit MyOhioVote.com and select “Track Your Ballot.”

Already registered in Ohio but have not requested your ballot?
Request You Ballot with an FPCA by this Saturday, November 4 at Noon

1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your ballot. You can access the FPCA form here https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf or use the Ohio automated assistant available here https://ohio.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/home.htm to complete the form.

2. Simply, fill it out, print and sign the form. If you plan to email your form, scan it or take a picture of it.

3. Return the request form to the Ohio Secretary of State's office by email, fax or mail.

Ohio Secretary of State
P.O. Box 2828
Columbus, OH 43216-2828
You may also print the address onto your own envelope using the separate return envelope here: https://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms

Your local board of elections must receive your request by NOON on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Requesting your ballot be emailed to you is strongly recommended because it is the quickest way!

What's on the ballot?
Select this link http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters/aboutThisElection.aspx (or copy and paste into your browser’s address bar) to see what you can expect to be on the ballot.

Do you have questions?
Reply to this email or call us at (614) 466-7709.