Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can vote an Absentee Ballot?
A: Anyone who is a Registered Voter. You do not need to have a specific reason.

Q: How do I request an Absentee Ballot?
A: A separate Application must be completed for each Election. You can obtain an Application by clicking on the link above and printing the Application or by calling our office and we will mail you an Application.

Q: Can I fax or email the application?
A: Only out of country voters have the opportunity to fax and/or email their application. All domestic voters must submit their application by either mailing the form or bringing the form to our office. By law, we are required to have an original signature.

Q: When does Absentee Voting begin?
A: Absentee Voting begins 45 days before an Election for Military and/or Civilians Overseas. Absentee Voting begins 29 days before an Election for all domestic voters.

Q: Can I come to your office to vote an Absentee Ballot?
A: Absolutely. You may come to our office and complete the Application, receive your ballot, and either vote in the office or take it home.

Q: When do the Absentee Ballots need to be back to your office?
A: If you are planning to mail the ballot back, then it must be Post Marked by the day before the Election. If you are planning to bring the ballot back to our office then it must be in the office by 7:30 pm Election Night.

Q: Can I just take my ballot to my Polling Location on Election Day and drop it off?
A: No. An Absentee Ballot cannot be accepted at any of the Polling Locations on Election Day.

Q: How much is the return postage to mail the ballot back?
A: With postage rates changing, it is best to call the office to get the correct postage amount. The other option is to take the ballot to the Post Office and have them meter the postage for you.

Q: How often do I have to complete an Absentee Ballot Application?
A: A separate Application must be completed for each Election that you wish to receive a Ballot. For example, if there is an Election in May and November, then you must complete a separate Application for May and November.

Q: What if I will be away during the time of voting?
A: No problem. Complete the Absentee Ballot Application and put your away address in the area provided for Mailing Address. That way you can receive your ballot at your away address and still participate in the Election.
Calendar of Events
Date Event
Every third Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted, 9:00 a.m. Geauga County Board of Elections Meeting, 470 Center Street, Building 6-A, Chardon, Ohio 44024
July/August Early Voting Calendar
August 2, 2022
6:15 a.m.

The Geauga County Board of Elections will hold a Special Board Meeting on August 2, 2022, at 6:15 a.m. at the Board offices at 470 Center St. It can also be viewed at the link below.

The meeting is to conduct the August 2, 2022, Primary Election and

  • Open the polls
  • Determine which Ballots may be remade and review over votes, blank ballots, and determine voter intent if necessary
  • Review insufficient absentee ballot envelopes
  • Any other business necessary to legally complete certify the unofficial canvass
  • Discuss employees processing provisional ballot envelopes
  • Consider the date of Official Canvass, public test
  • Certification date
  • Audit date
  • Charles Walder, Geauga County Auditor
  • Executive Session per ORC 121.22(G)(3) to conference with the Board’s legal counsel concerning pending litigation
  • Parkman Petition
  • Director Report
  • Deputy Director Report
  • Close the polls
  • Certify Unofficial Canvass
  • Adjourn>

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August 2, 2022 Primary Election
Polls Open:   6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Directors and Board Members
Michelle D. Lane, (440) 279-2032
Deputy Director:
Nora McGinnis, (440) 279-2034
Board Members:
Dennis M. Pavella, Chair
Janet M. Carson
Edward M. Ryder
Joan A. Windnagel
Board Office Information
470 Center Street, Building #6-A
Chardon, Ohio 44024
Direct:  440-279-2030
440-285-2222, Extension 2030
Newbury & Burton Residents:  1-888-714-0006, Extension 2030
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Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.