Making Democracy Work

Elections Calendar

Important dates for Elections in Ohio

Deadlines for elections

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  POSTPONED Polls open for the Primary Election. Absentee ballots will still be accepted. There will be no in person voting today.
Friday, June 5, 2020
 
  Campaign Finance Reports. Post-primary election campaign finance reports must be filed by candidates, political action committees, caucus committees (legislative campaign funds), and political parties by 4 p.m. detailing contributions and expenditures through May 29, 2020 (the 7th day before the report is filed) MOVED FROM APRIL 24 per H.B. 197, Section 32 (133rd G.A.) R.C. 3517.10
Thursday, June 11, 2020
 
  Local Option. Last day for local option petitioners to send street listing to Division of Liquor Control (55 days before Aug. 5 deadline for filing petitions for the Nov. 3, 2020, general election) R.C.4301. 33, 4305.14
Friday, June 12, 2020
 
  Protests. Protests against independent candidates nominated by petition must be filed by 4 p.m. (end of the 12th week after presidential primary election) R.C. 3513.262
Friday, June 19, 2020
 
  Absentee Ballots - Special Election. UOCAVA absentee ballots for the Aug. 4, 2020 special election must be ready (46 days before special election) R.C. 3511.04 Boards of elections must update and publish notices of the Aug. 4, 2020 special election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request (no later than 46 days before special election) R.C. 3511.16
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
 
  Special Election deadlines. Jun. 23 Boards of elections must advertise in newspaper(s) the places, dates, times, qualifications, and methods for voter registration (6 weeks before special election) R.C. 3503.12
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
 
  Party Formation Petitions - General Election. Deadline for prospective minor political parties to file party formation petitions with the Secretary of State (126 days before general election) R.C. 3517.012
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
 
  Constitutional Amendments - General Election. Constitutional amendments or statutes proposed by initiative petitions to be submitted directly to the voters must be filed with Secretary of State (125 days before general election) OHConst. II, 1a-1b
Monday, July 6, 2020
 
  Deadlines for Special and General Elections. Jul. 06 * Deadline for voter registration for the Aug. 4. 2020 special election (30 days before special election) R.C. 3503.19
Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct voter registration lists (30 days before special election) R.C. 3503.24
Election Administration Plans for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election must be submitted to Secretary of State's Office (120 days before general election)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
 
  Absentee Ballots - Special Election. Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for the Aug. 4, 2020 special election must be ready (first day after close of voter registration) R.C. 3509.01
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
 
  Committee to appoint observers - Special Election. Committees advocating or opposing issues on the Aug. 4, 2020 special election ballot must file by 4 p.m. to be recognized as a committee to appoint observers (20 days before special election) R.C. 3505.21
Thursday, July 16, 2020
 
  Minor Party Candidates - General Election. Nominating petitions of minor political party candidates (for minor party that submitted party formation petition) must be filed (110 days before general election) R.C. 3517.012
Friday, July 24, 2020
 
  Observer appointments - Special Election. Deadline for political parties, groups of candidates and issue committees to file notice of observer appointments (11 days before special election) R.C. 3505.21
Saturday, July 25, 2020
 
  Public Notice of Special Election. Boards of elections must give public notice of the Aug. 4, 2020 special election (10 days before special election) R.C. 3501.03
Sunday, July 26, 2020
 
  Public Notice of General Election. Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of the Nov. 3, 2020, general election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request (no later than 100 days before the general election) R.C. 3511.16
Friday, July 31, 2020
 
  Nominating Petitions & Campaign Finance Reports - General Election. Boards of elections must notify the appropriate minor political party of the validity and sufficiency of any nominating petitions filed by that minor political party's candidates (for minor party that submitted party formation petition) (95 days before general election) R.C. 3517.012
Semiannual campaign finance reports must be filed by certain candidates, political action committees, caucus committees (legislative campaign funds), and political parties by 4 p.m. (last business day of Jul. detailing contributions and expenditures through Jun. 30, 2020) R.C. 3517.10
Saturday, August 1, 2020
 
  Application for Absentee Ballots Due - Special Election. Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for the Aug. 4, 2020 special election must be received by noon (3 days before special election) R.C. 35 09.03, .08, 3511.02
Monday, August 3, 2020
 
  Special Election deadlines. Amendments to observer appointments must be filed by 4 p.m. (day before special election) R.C. 3505.21
Boards of elections must submit verification forms of handicapped accessible parking and handicapped accessible polling locations to the Secretary of State's Office (no later than the day before the special election) R.C. 3501.29
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
  Special Election. Special Election may be held. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. R.C. 3501.01, .32
If voter, or voter's minor child is hospitalized because of accident or medical emergency, voter may apply for an absentee ballot until 3 p.m. R.C. 3509.08
Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the boards of elections by close of polls R.C. 3509.05, 3511.11
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
 
  Deadlines for General Election Issues and Candidates. Constitutional amendments proposed by joint resolution of General Assembly must be filed with Secretary of State (90 days before general election) OH Const. XVI, 1
Deadline for minor political parties to certify candidates (and list of electors) for the office of president and vice president to Secretary of State (90 days before general election) R.C. 3505.10
Nominating petitions of independent joint candidates for president and vice president must be filed with the Secretary of State by 4 p.m. (90 days before general election) R.C. 3513.257
Nominating petitions of candidates in nonpartisan races must be filed by 4 p.m. (90 days before general election) R.C. 1907.13, 3513.259, .263
Local questions and issues for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, including local option petitions, must be certified to or filed with boards of elections by 4 p.m. R.C. 731.28, .29, 3501.02, (90 days before general election)
4301.33,.331, .332, .333, .334, 4305.14
Monday, August 10, 2020
 
  Vacancy - General Election. Political party or independent candidate nominating committees must certify name of person to fill vacancy on the Nov. 3, 2020 general election ballot caused by withdrawal or disqualification of candidate by 4 p.m. (86 days before general election) R.C. 3513.31
Friday, August 14, 2020
 
  Absentee Ballots - Special Election. Aug. 14 Absentee ballots for the Aug. 4, 2020 special election returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Aug. 3 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after special election) R.C. 3509.05,
3511.11
UOCAVA absentee ballots for the Aug. 4, 2020 special election must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after special election) R.C. 3511.11
Saturday, August 15, 2020
 
  Official Canvass - Special Election. Boards of elections may begin official canvass of the Aug. 4, 2020 special election ballots (11 days after special election) R.C. 3505.32
Monday, August 17, 2020
 
  Certify issues and candidates - General Election. Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of candidates' petitions in nonpartisan races (78 days before general election) R.C. 3513.263
Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of nominating petition papers of independent joint candidates for president and vice president (78 days before general election) R.C. 3513.263
Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of local option petitions (78 days before general election) R.C. 4301.33, .331, .332, .333, .334, 4305.14