2021 Primary/Special Election Day
The 2021 Primary/Special Election day is Tuesday May 4, 2021. Check out our Meet the Candidates videos, our Debate Watching 101 guide and other resources below to assure that you have the information you need to make an educated decision. An informed electorate is essential to Making Democracy Work.
- Montgomery County contested races and ballot issues (scroll down to view)
- Greene County ballot issues.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: Register/update registration at VoteOhio.gov. The last day to register is 5 April 2021. You will need: Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card, date of birth, address, last four digits of SSN. (Signature on ID is used for voter match.) OR Print the registration form, fill out and mail to the appropriate county board of elections. You may also find registrations forms at the public library, BMV registrars, and numerous other designated agencies.
CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION AND PRECINCT LOCATION at VoteOhio.gov. There was a voter purge last fall, so if you did not vote in the November election, check to make sure you are still registered.
VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT: Once you have verified you registration, the Ohio League of Women Voters and other voting rights groups suggest you request an absentee ballot immediately. Print an absentee ballot request at VoteOhio.Gov, or follow the instructions to prepare a written request. Follow the directions carefully. In Block 7 the date of the election is 4 May 2021, and it is a Primary/Special Election. Remember to sign and date and mail it to your BOE. Include a telephone number or email address in case there is a question about your application.
Greene County Board of Elections 551 Ledbetter Rd Xenia OH 45385-2600 (937) 562-6170 Montgomery County Board of Elections 451 W. 3rd St., Dayton, OH 45422 (937) 225-5656
You may monitor your request at VoteOhio.Gov by scrolling down to My Election and clicking on Track My Ballot. Double click on your county and fill in your name. by scrolling down to My Election and clicking on Track My Ballot. Double click on your county and fill in your name.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on 1 May if by mail, or by 2 p.m. the day before the election if in person. (NOTE: this does not allow sufficient time for the post office to deliver your ballot.) Absentee ballots returned by US Mail must be postmarked no later than 3 May and received by 14 May to be counted. Absentee ballots returned by other means must be received by the BOE by the close of polls on May 4. Your ballot should include an insert that tells how much postage is required to return.
ABSENTEE/EARLY VOTING begins 6 April. Expect to receive your absentee ballot after April 6. NOTE: If you request an absentee ballot and show up at the polls or the BOE on election day, you will be required to complete a provisional ballot.
Early voting for the May 4, 2021 primary/special election will take place at your county’s BOE 1 April – 3 May 2021.
- 6 Apr 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- 12-16 Apr 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- 19-23 Apr 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- 26-30 April 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- 1 May 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Saturday)
- 2 May 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Sunday)
- 3 May 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Monday)
- 4 May 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM (Tuesday – Election Day)
Vote by Mail Application: Do’s and Don’ts
Elections and Voting in Ohio: VoteOhio.gov
ACLU fact sheet: Voting with a criminal conviction
Judicial Votes Count: Statewide resource on judicial elections.
LWV Ohio Voter Center (will be updated as Election Day approaches)
Election Protection website; also Voter Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE
County Boards of Elections
Montgomery County Board of Elections:
451 W. 3rd St. , Dayton; (937) 225-5656
The Ballot Dropbox for Montgomery County Board of Elections is by the loading dock off Vista View, behind the Montgomery County building, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. See image to the right.
Greene County Board of Elections:
551 Ledbetter Rd., Xenia; (937) 562-6170
Also check out our main Voter Information page for more details on the voting process: registering, requesting an absentee ballot, changing your address, being prepared with accepted ID, etc.