Events > 2017 Elections * Voter Registration * Early Voting Schedules

2017 Elections * Voter Registration * Early Voting Schedules


Sunday, January 1, 2017
Applications for absentee/early/mail ballots for
2017 elections may be accepted (first day of the year)

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Primary/Special Election Day 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Deadline for Voter Registration for Special Election
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Special Election Day
(Check with Erie County Board of Elections if Special Election is scheduled)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Deadline for Voter Registration for General Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - General Election Day


News Release from the ACLU of Ohio:

Hundreds of thousands of people were removed from voter registration lists because of inactivity. In Erie County alone, 7,110 voters were purged in 2011, 2013 and 2015.  Were you one of them?

To check your voter registration before the next election, go to

If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book, thanks to a recent ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot. Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot. Read our voter alert with all the information.

If you are unable to vote in person because you have a documented disability that prevents you from appearing at the polls, call your county board of elections right away to request help casting your provisional ballot.

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Want to vote in the comfort of your home?
Request your ballot by mail!  You can do so now!

All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the next election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must Absentee Voting by Mailcomplete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.

Steps to request and vote an absentee ballot:

  1. Complete the absentee ballot request form.
  2. Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it.
  3. Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections.
  4. Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call your county board of elections.
  5. Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

Note:   Make sure your ballot is counted!

No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. No voted ballot may be returned to a voting precinct on Election.  If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail or returned to a voting precinct on Election Day, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.  

If you mail your ballot back to your board of elections, take your ballot envelope into your local post office, hand it to the postal clerk and ask to have it postmarked.

Top 10 reasons to vote

10. It's your right, not a privilege.
Someone paid the price for your right to vote. Use it.

9. It's your community.
Your neighbors, family, friends are depending on you.

8. It's your life.
Even if politics seem far away from you, it affects your daily life -
(i.e. local/state taxes, school levies).

7. It's your education.
From school funding to college grants to job training,
state and federal governments make budget decisions
that have a direct impact on your ability to learn and earn.

6. It's your body.
From policy to reproductive rights,
the wrong government policies can literally cost you your life.

5. It's your job.
A raise in the minimum wage, pay equity,
and the right to a union are all being decided now.

4. It's your environment.
You can vote to invest
in transportation and sustainable energy for our planet.

3. It's your retirement.
Help make sure that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
and pension plans will be there for you.

2. It's your voice.
Collective action starts with voting.
Politicians listen to demands from communities with high voter turnout.

1. Your one vote can make a difference.
75 Ohio races have tied or been decided by a one-vote margin
over the past two years.
One mayoral race, two city council races, one road levy
and a local bond issue made up the closest races
in the May 2015 Primary and Special Election.
One race, in North Ridgeville, Ohio, had to be decided
by the Lorain County Board of Elections with a coin flip.

Republicans want you to stay home
as they continue their attempt to keep people from voting.
It is happening right here in Ohio and many other states - read below.
In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions 
The American Prospect Magazine | Fall 2014
Ending voter suppression ahead of 2016 


Any questions about:

when elections are scheduled
filing as a candidate
filing deadlines
campaign finance report
voting location
updating name/address
other election related topics
please call the Erie County Board of Elections Office:
please visit the Erie County Board of Elections office:
2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870
please visit the Erie County Board of Elections website:
Erie County Board of Elections