Vote in the Ohio Midterm Elections – November 8, 2022


Urgent Information to Vote in the 2022 Ohio Midterms! 

  • The last day to request your ballot is by November 5th at 12 pm US Eastern! REQUEST BALLOT NOW
  • Ballots must be sent by November 7th! Send your ballot in by regular mail today! 
  • That's right. Regular mailDo not use a courier service, it is too late! 
    • Deadline for Regular Mail: November 18th
    • Deadline for Courier Service: November 8th - do not try, it is too late!! Return by regular mail. 
  • Track your ballot - make sure it arrives!

What elections are there in Ohio? What am I voting for?

Voting has never been more important and your vote is crucial! 

Ohio will hold its Midterm elections for US Representatives and US Senate as well as state-wide offices for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Supreme Court, and your State Representatives and State Senators. 

All Ohio overseas voters can vote in these important elections!

Ohio is always a major battleground, especially this year with an open US Senate seat. Tim Ryan has opened up a small lead against the awful J.D. Vance. This is a rare opportunity to gain a new Democratic seat and increase the Democratic majority.

And please vote for all the races on your ballot –  Ohio state elections are hugely important! State governments are responsible for voting and state policies on abortion and reproductive rights, climate change, education, and so many other issues that affect us no matter where we are in the world. 

Not sure who to vote for?

As part of our ongoing effort to engage Americans abroad in voting in U.S. elections, we have reached out to Democratic candidates to hear where they stand on American abroad issues. Click here to see the list of candidates running on your ballot paper and their answers to questions we asked them on taxation, Medicare portability, and the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision.

Want to join the Democrats Abroad Ohio State Team? If you’d like more info on DA’s efforts for Ohio, write to: [email protected] or click here

1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot Today

It's easy to request your ballot – and your ballot request covers all elections in 2022, including any possible Runoffs or Special Elections.

Go to and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). (If needed, it will also serve as a voter registration.) To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.

You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in Ohio by email (recommended) or fax or mail:

  • If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2022 to vote in this election. Your FPCA must be received by November 5, 2022, at 12pm Ohio time.

  • If you are NOT registered to vote, your FPCA must be received by October 11, 2022. 

You can check your voter registration status online using:
You may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to this website from outside the US. For more information about how to use a VPN, please click here.

2) When You Get Your Ballot, Fill It Out and Mail It Back Right Away 

Ballots started going out on September 24, 2022. If you asked for your ballot by email, be sure to check your spam folder and any secondary inboxes.

When you get your ballot, fill it out and mail it back right away. You must return your ballot by mail and it must be sent no later than November 7 (the date before Election Day) AND it also must be received in Ohio by November 18, 2022. 

Special Deadline If Using a Courier: If you send in your ballot by courier (such as FedEx or DHL), it must be received in Ohio by November 8, 2022, at 7:30pm Ohio time. 

For ideas on how to mail your ballot back by the deadline, please click here

And to contact DA volunteers in the country you're living in now for specific ideas for mailing back your ballot, please click here to go to the DA page for your country.

3) Send in a Backup Ballot Now 

You don’t need to wait until ballots come out in late September! If you have any concerns that your ballot won’t make it back in time to meet the deadline, you can send in a Backup Ballot NOW. 

The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB) is only for overseas voters and protects your right to vote in case your official ballot doesn't arrive in time. For detailed information how to use the Backup Ballot, please click here 

When you use the Backup Ballot for a federal election, the website will indicate the candidates for US Senate, and the candidates for US House in your Congressional District.

And you can also use the Backup Ballot for state elections, but you will need to add those to the “Write In Candidates” section. You can use this website to find the candidates in your jurisdiction:

In the "Write in Candidates" block, type in the name of the office. Then type in either the candidate’s name or “Democrat.” 

4) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

After you send in your ballot, make sure your vote is counted!

You can check your ballot status online using:

You may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to this website from outside the US. For more information about how to use a VPN, please click here.

Or, you can email or call your local election office directly. You can find the contact information at:; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

And if there is a problem with your ballot, you may be able to fix it - but the earlier you send it your ballot, the more time you’ll have to fix it. The form to correct problems must be postmarked by November 15 AND received by November 18.

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Want to join the Democrats Abroad Ohio State Team?
Write to:  [email protected] or click here