Voters wanting an absentee ballot are being urged to apply as early as possible ahead of the June 26 Primary Election.

MIAMI – The Ottawa County Election board is encouraging voters wanting an absentee ballot mailed to them for the June 26 Primary Election to submit their application sooner rather than later.

Board Secretary Verna L. Ferris said although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, they are urging voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 123 E. Central Ave., Suite #104 in Miami. The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An absentee ballot application can also be completed and submitted online or printed from

Ferris said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

Ferris further advised that voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

For more information on absentee voting, contact the County Election Board at their Miami office or by calling 918-542-2893.