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2021 Elections Calendar

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*Note: In some instances, the statutory deadline falls on a day when the offices of the Secretary of State and boards of elections are closed. In those instances, the deadlines are extended pursuant to R.C. 1.14 to the next succeeding day when the appropriate office is open for regular business hours. The preceding dates reflect the extended deadline.

2020 Description of EventReference

Dec. 10

Last day for certain local option petitioners to send street listings to Division of Liquor Control (55 days before Feb. 3, 2021 petition filing deadline for May 4, 2021 primary election)

R.C. 4301.33, 4305.14

2021 Description of EventReference

Jan. 01

Applications for absentee ballots for all 2021 elections may be accepted (first day of the year)

R.C. 3509.03, 3511.02

Jan. 04

Last day for local option petitioners contesting community facility to send street listings to Division of Liquor Control (30 days before Feb. 3 petition filing deadline for May 4 primary election)

R.C. 4301.334

Jan. 19

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file annual campaign finance reports 

R.C. 3517.11

Jan. 24

Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of the May 4 primary/special election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
(no later than 100 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3511.16

Jan. 29

Annual 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 Jan. detailing contributions and expenditures through Dec. 31, 2020)

R.C. 3517.10

Feb. 03

Constitutional amendments proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly must be filed with Secretary of State (90 days before primary/special election)

OH Const. XVI,§1

Feb. 03

Declarations of candidacy for partisan candidates must be filed by 4 p.m. (90 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.05

Feb. 03

Local questions and issues for May 4, 2021 primary/special election, including local option petitions, must be certified to or filed with boards of elections by 4 p.m.
(90 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 731.28.29, 3501.02, 4301.33, .331, .332, .333, .334, 4305.14

Feb. 16*

Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of partisan candidates’ petitions (78 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.05

 

Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of local option petitions (78 days before primary/special election)

 R.C. 4301.33, .331, .332, .333, .334, 4305.14

Feb. 19

Protests against partisan candidates’ petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. (74 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.05

Feb. 19

Protests against local option petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. (74 days before primary/special election) 

R.C. 4301.33, .331, .332,.333, .334, 4305.14

Feb. 22*

Write-in candidates for May 4 primary/special election must file declarations of intent by 4 p.m. (72 days before primary election)

R.C. 3513.041

Feb.23

Form of official ballots for May 4 primary/special election must be certified by Secretary of State to boards of elections (70 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.05

 

Board of elections of most populous county in a multi-county subdivision must certify names of all candidates to other boards of elections (70 days before primary election)

R.C. 3513.05

Feb. 26

Protests against write-in candidates must be filed by 4 p.m. (67 days before primary election)

R.C. 3513.041

Mar. 05

Boards of elections must schedule a program for instruction of precinct election officials (within 60 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3501.27

Mar. 19

UOCAVA absentee ballots for May 4 primary/special election must be ready (46 days before primary/special election)

 R.C. 3511.04

Mar.19

Boards of elections must update and publish notices of May 4 primary/special election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
(no later than 46 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3511.16

Mar. 23

Boards of elections must advertise in newspaper(s) the places, dates, times, qualifications, and methods for voter registration (6 weeks before primary/special election)

 R.C. 3503.12

Apr. 05*

Deadline for voter registration for May 4 primary/special election (30 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3503.19

 

Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct registration lists (30 days before primary/special election)

 R.C. 3503.24

Apr. 06

Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for May 4 primary/special election must be ready (first day after close of voter registration)

R.C. 3509.01

Apr. 12

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports

R.C. 3517.11

Apr. 14

Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct voter registration lists (20 days before primary/special election)

 R.C. 3503.24

Apr.14

Committees advocating or opposing issues on May 4 primary/special election ballot must file by 4 p.m. to be recognized as a committee to appoint observers
(20 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3505.21

Apr. 20

Boards of elections must prepare precinct voter registration lists (14 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3503.23

Apr. 22

Pre-primary election campaign finance reports must be filed by certain candidates, political action committees, caucus committees (legislative campaign funds), and political parties by 4 p.m.
(12 days before primary election) detailing contributions and expenditures through Apr. 14, 2021 (20 days before primary election)

R.C. 3517.10

Apr. 23

Deadline for political parties, groups of candidates and recognized issue committees to file notice of observer appointments (11 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3505.21

Apr. 25

Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of the August 3 special election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
(no later than 100 days before special election)

R.C. 3511.16

Apr. 26*

Boards of elections must give public notice of May 4 primary/special election (10 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3501.03

Apr. 26

Certificate to fill vacancy on ballot caused by death of candidate whose name is on May 4 primary election ballot in more than one county must be filed by 4 p.m. (10 days before primary election)

R.C. 3513.30

Apr. 29

Certification to fill vacancy on ballot caused by death of candidate whose name is on May 4 primary ballot in only one county must be filed by 4 p.m. (5 days before primary election)

R.C. 3513.30

May 01

Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for May 4 primary/special election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before primary/special election)

R.C. 3509.03, .08, 3511.02

May 03

Nominating petitions of independent candidates for offices for which a primary election may be held must be filed by 4 p.m. (day before primary election)

R.C. 3513.257

May 03

Amendments to observer appointments must be filed by 4 p.m. (day before primary/special election)

R.C. 3505.21

May 03

Boards of elections must submit verification forms of handicapped accessible parking and handicapped accessible polling locations to the Secretary of State
(no later than the day before the primary/special election)

R.C. 3501.29

May 04

Primary/Special Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

R.C. 3501.01, .32

May 04

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

May 04

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

May 05

Local questions and issues for the Aug. 3 special election must be certified or filed with the boards of elections by 4 p.m. (90 days before the special election)

R.C. 3501.01, .02

May 14

Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 3 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after primary/special election)

R.C. 3509.05, 3511.11

May.14

UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after primary/special election)

R.C. 3511.11

May 15

Boards of elections may begin official canvass of May 4 primary/special election ballots (11 days after primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.22

May 19

Boards of elections must begin official canvass of May 4 primary/special election ballots no later than this date (15 days after primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.22

May 25

Boards of elections must complete canvass of May 4 primary/special election ballots no later than this date (21 days after primary/special election)

R.C. 3513.22

Jun. 01

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file post-primary campaign finance reports

R.C. 3517.11

Jun. 04

Boards of elections must schedule a program for instruction of precinct election officials (within 60 days before special election)

R.C. 3501.27

Jun. 10

Last day for local option petitioners to send street listing to Division of Liquor Control (55 days before Aug. 4 deadline for filing petitions for Nov. 2 general election)

R.C. 4301.33,4305.14

Jun. 11

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.
(38 days after primary election) detailing contributions and expenditures through June 4, 2021 (the 7th day before the report is filed)

R.C. 3517.10

Jun. 15

Boards of elections of most populous county of a district located in more than one county must transmit petitions of independent candidates to other boards of elections

R.C. 3513.262

Jun. 18

UOCAVA absentee ballots for Aug. 3 special election must be ready (46 days before special election)

R.C. 3511.04

Jun. 19

Boards of elections must update and publish notices of Aug. 3 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

Jun. 22

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

Jun. 30

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)

OH Const. II, §§1a-1b

Jul. 06*

Deadline for voter registration for Aug. 3 special election (30 days before special election)

R.C. 3503.19

Jul. 6*

Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct voter registration lists (30 days before special election)

R.C. 3503.24

Jul. 6*

Last day for local option petitioners seeking to sell at a community facility to send street listing to Division of Liquor Control
(30 days before Aug. 4, 2021 deadline to file petitions for Nov. 2, 2021 general election)

R.C. 4301.334

Jul. 07

Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for Aug. 3 special election must be ready (first day after close of voter registration)

R.C. 3509.01

Jul. 14

Committees advocating or opposing issues on Aug. 3 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

Jul. 15

Boards of elections must certify independent candidate petitions by this date

R.C. 3513.262

Jul. 20

Boards of elections must prepare precinct voter registration lists for special election (14 days before special election)

R.C. 3503.23

 

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file semiannual campaign finance reports

R.C. 3517.11

Jul. 23

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

Jul. 24

Boards of elections must give public notice of Aug. 3 special election (10 days before special election)

R.C. 3501.03

Jul. 25

Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of Nov. 2 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

Jul. 30

Protests against independent candidates nominated by petition must be filed by 4 p.m.

R.C. 3513.262

Jul. 30

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 July detailing contributions and expenditures through Jun. 30, 2021)

R.C. 3517.10

Jul. 31

Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Aug. 3 special election must be received by noon (3 days before special election)

R.C. 3509.03, .08,3511.02

Aug. 02

Amendments to observer appointments must be filed by 4 p.m. (day before special election)

R.C. 3505.21

Aug. 02

Boards of elections must submit verification forms of handicapped accessible parking and handicapped accessible polling locations to the Secretary of State
(no later than the day before the special election)

 R.C. 3501.29

Aug. 03

Special Election may be held. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

R.C. 3501.01, .32

Aug. 03

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

Aug. 03

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

Aug. 04

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

Aug.04

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

Aug.04

Local questions and issues for Nov. 2 general election, including local option petitions, must be certified to or filed with boards of elections by 4 p.m. (90 days before general election)

R.C. 731.28, .29, 3501.02, 4301.33, .331, .332,.333, .334, 4305.14

Aug. 09*

Political party or independent candidate nominating committees must certify name of person to fill vacancy on Nov. 2 general election ballot caused by withdrawal or disqualification of candidate by 4 p.m. (86 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.31

Aug. 13

Absentee ballots for Aug. 3 special election returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Aug. 2 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted
(10 days after special election)

R.C. 3509.05, 3511.11

Aug. 13

UOCAVA absentee ballots for Aug. 3 special election must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after special election)

R.C. 3511.11

Aug. 14

Boards of elections may begin official canvass of Aug. 3 special election ballots (11 days after special election)

R.C. 3505.32

Aug. 16

Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of candidates’ petitions in nonpartisan races (78 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.263

Aug. 16

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

Aug. 18

Boards of elections must begin official canvass of Aug. 3 special election ballots no later than this date (15 days after special election)

R.C. 3505.32

Aug. 20

Protests against candidates for nonpartisan office must be filed by this date (74 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.263

Aug. 20

Protests against local option petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. (74 days before general election)

R.C. 4301.33, .331, .332, .333, .334,4305.14

Aug. 23*

Write-in candidates must file declarations of intent by 4 p.m. (72 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.041

Aug. 24

Form of official ballots for Nov. 2 general election must be certified by Secretary of State to boards of elections (70 days before general election)

R.C. 3505.01

Aug. 24

Board of elections of most populous county of a multi-county district must certify names of all candidates to other boards of elections (70 days before general election)

R.C. 3505.01

Aug. 24

Boards of elections must complete canvass of Aug. 3 special election ballots no later than this date (21 days after special election)

R.C. 3505.32

Aug. 27

Protests against write-in candidates for general election must be filed by 4 p.m. (67 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.041

Sep. 03

Boards of elections must schedule a program for instruction of precinct election officials (within 60 days before general election)

R.C. 3501.27

Sep. 17

UOCAVA absentee ballots for Nov. 2 general election must be ready (46 days before general election)

R.C. 3511.04

Sep. 18

Boards of elections must update and publish notices of Nov. 2 general election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
(no later than 46 days before general election)

R.C. 3511.16

Sep. 21

Boards of elections must advertise in newspaper(s) the places, dates, times, qualifications, and methods for voter registration (6 weeks before general election)

R.C. 3503.12

Oct. 04*

Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 2 general election (30 days before general election)

R.C. 3503.19

Oct. 04

Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct voter registration lists (30 days before general election)

R.C. 3503.24

Oct. 05

Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for Nov. 2 general election must be ready (first day after close of voter registration)

R.C. 3509.01

Oct. 08

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file pre-general campaign finance reports (10 days before pre-general campaign finance report deadline)

R.C. 3517.11

Oct. 13

Committees advocating or opposing issues on Nov. 2 general election ballot must file by 4 p.m. to be recognized as a committee to appoint observers (20 days before general election)

R.C. 3505.21

Oct. 19

Boards of elections must prepare precinct voter registration lists for general election (14 days before general election)

R.C. 3503.23

Oct. 21

Pre-general election campaign finance reports must be filed by certain candidates, political action committees, caucus committees (legislative campaign funds), and political parties by 4 p.m.
(12 days before general election) detailing contributions and expenditures from the last day reflected in the previous report through Oct. 13, 2021 (20 days before general election)

R.C. 3517.10

Oct. 22

Deadline for political parties, groups of candidates and issue committees to file notice of observer appointments (11 days before general election)

R.C. 3505.21

Oct. 23

Boards of elections must give public notice of Nov. 2 general election (10 days before general election)

R.C. 3501.03

Oct. 25*

Certificate to fill vacancy on Nov. 2 general election ballot caused by death of candidate nominated at primary election whose name is on ballot in more than one county
(10 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.31

Oct. 28

Certificate to fill vacancy on Nov. 2 general election ballot caused by death of independent or nonpartisan candidate prior to Oct. 23 (10 days before general election) must be filed by 4 p.m.
(5 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.31

Oct. 28

Certificate to fill vacancy on Nov. 2 general election ballot caused by death of candidate nominated at primary election whose name is on ballot in only one county must be filed by 4 p.m.
(5 days before general election)

R.C. 3513.31

Oct. 30

Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 2 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before general election)

R.C. 3509.03, .08, 3511.02

Nov. 01

Amendments to observer appointments must be filed by 4 p.m. (day before general election)

R.C. 3505.21

Nov. 01

Boards of elections must submit verification forms of handicapped accessible parking and handicapped accessible polling locations to the Secretary of State
(no later than day before general election)

R.C. 3501.29

Nov. 02

General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

R.C. 3501.01, .32

Nov. 02

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

Nov. 02

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

Nov. 12

Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)

R.C. 3509.05, 3511.11

Nov. 12

UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)

R.C. 3511.11

Nov. 13

Boards of elections may begin official canvass of Nov. 2 general election ballots (11 days after general election)

R.C. 3505.32

Nov. 17

Boards of elections must begin official canvass of Nov. 2 general election ballots no later than this date (15 days after general election)

R.C. 3505.32

Nov. 23

Boards of elections must complete canvass of Nov. 2 general election ballots no later than this date (21 days after general election)

R.C. 3505.32

Nov. 30

Secretary of State and boards of elections must send notice to candidates required to file post-general campaign finance reports (10 days before post-general campaign finance report deadline)

R.C. 3517.11

Dec. 09

Last day for certain local option petitioners to send street listings to Division of Liquor Control (55 days before Feb. 2, 2022 petition filing deadline for May 3, 2022 primary election)

R.C. 4301.33, 4305.14

Dec. 10

Post-general election campaign finance reports must be filed by certain candidates, political action committees, caucus committees (legislative campaign funds), and political parties by 4 p.m.
(38 days after general election) detailing contributions and expenditures through Dec. 3, 2021 (the 7th day before the report is filed)

R.C. 3517.10

2022Description of EventReference

Jan. 01

Applications for absentee ballots for all elections held in 2022 may be accepted (first day of the year)

R.C. 3509.03, 3511.02

Jan. 03

Last day for local option petitioners contesting community facility to send street listings to Division of Liquor Control (30 days before Feb. 2 petition filing deadline for May 3 primary election)

R.C. 4301.334

Jan. 03

Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of the May 3 primary election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
(no later than 100 days before primary election)

R.C. 3511.16

 Recounts and Election Contests 
 

Application for a recount must be filed not later than 5 days after official results are declared.

R.C. 3515.02

 

A petition contesting an election must be filed in the appropriate court within 15 days after the official results are declared or, if a recount of the election is conducted, within 10 days after the official results of a recount are declared.

R.C. 3515.09