Important Dates for the March 19, 2024 Primary Election:
- February 20 – Deadline to register to vote. You can register online, by mail, or in person at the Board of Elections, 15 South Court Street, Athens. Details here.
- February 21 – Early in-person voting begins at the Board of Elections; absentee voting by mail begins.
- March 12 – The deadline to request an absentee ballot.
- March 17 – Early in-person voting at the Board of Elections ends.
- March 18 – Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date and received before March 24.
- March 19 – Primary Election Day! The polls are open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Some polling locations have changed. Check your Athens County polling place. Absentee ballots that are Personally Delivered (not mailed) to your County Board of Elections must be received by 7:30 p.m.
Find all of these dates and more on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.
Register to Vote
Make sure you’re registered to vote no later than 30 days before an election. The deadline to register to vote in the March 19 presidential primary election is February 20, 2024.
On the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, you can:
- Check your voter status
- Update your voter information
- Check voter I.D. requirements
- Register to vote using the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system or by completing a paper form and delivering it to the Athens County Board of Elections.
You can also register to vote by visiting the Athens County Board of Elections. Remember to bring your driver’s license or Ohio identification card, and be prepared to share the last 4 digits of your social security number.
For questions, contact:
The Athens County Board of Elections
15 South Court Street, #130
Athens, OH 45701
Athens County Board of Elections website
Early In-Person Voting
Voters can cast a ballot in-person 28 days before an election at the Athens County Board of Elections. Check the Athens Board of Elections for early voting walk-in hours.
Absentee Voting (Mail-in Voting)
All Ohio voters can vote by Absentee Ballot – you do not have to give a reason. You can request your absentee ballot by:
- Visiting the Athens County Board of Elections office at 15 South Court Street, #130, Athens; OR
- Printing and mailing an Absentee Ballot Request Form; OR
- Emailing the Athens County Board of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking to be sent an Absentee Ballot Request Form. Include your name, mailing address, contact information, and number of applications needed; OR
- Calling the Athens County Board of Elections at 740-592-3201 and asking them to send you a form. Include your name, mailing address, contact information, and the number of applications needed.
Once you receive the Absentee Ballot Request Form, please fill it out and mail it to the Athens County Board of Elections OR place it in the Drive-Up Ballot Drop Box located on the left-side curb of Court Street near the Athens County Board of Elections. The drop box is the fastest way to submit your absentee ballot request and/or your actual ballot.
In Ohio, you can track your absentee ballot here.
Absentee Voting FAQs
Q. Why is it important to submit an absentee ballot application early?
A. Submitting your application early will give the Board of Elections more time to process applications and ballots; that will avoid overwhelming staff in the days leading up to an election. It also provides more time in case of any unexpected postal delays. So, do a favor for our hardworking friends at the Board of Elections and submit your absentee ballot application early.
Q. Will absentee ballots be counted fairly?
A. Absentee voting is safe and the ballots are counted and added into the election totals on Election Day. Plus, they provide a paper trail that no one can tamper with from afar.
Q. Do absentee ballots have to be mailed?
A. Absentee ballots and applications either have to be mailed or put in the secure ballot Drop Box.