Registration Deadline: Your properly completed voter registration form must be
postmarked or received by the 30th day before the election in which you wish to
vote. However, if the voter registration deadline falls on a day when offices of the
Secretary of State and county board of elections are closed, the deadline is
extended to the succeeding business day when the office is open.
Party Affiliation: Under Ohio election law, you declare your political affiliation by
requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election. If you do not
desire to affiliate with a political party in Ohio, you are considered to be an
unaffiliated voter and may vote the Official Questions & Issues Ballot, if there is one
for your precinct at the election
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Ohio at least 30 days immediately before the election.
Mental Competency: Not declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
Felony Convictions: You are not incarcerated (in jail or prison for a felony conviction
under the laws of Ohio, another state or the United States. Also, you are not eligible
to register if you have been permanently denied the right to vote for violations of the
ID Requirements: If registering by mail you must enclose either a current Ohio
driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you
do not provide either one of these, you must enclose a copy of one of the following
showing your name and current address
-Current valid photo identification
-Military identification current(within one year)
-current (within 12 months) utility bill;
-government document(except board of elections notifications) that shows your
name and current address
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Ohio voter registration form
In person: You may return or complete a form at any of the following locations
-Any county Board of Elections office;
-The Ohio Secretary of State's office;
-BMV or Deputy Registrars;
-Any county treasurer's office
-Any public high school or vocational school;
-Any public library;
-Office of designated agencies, including:
-The Department of Job and Family Services;
-The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children(WIC)
-The Department of Mental Health;
-The Department of Developmental Disabilities;
-The Rehabilitation Services Commission; or
-Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled
By mail/ in writing: You can request a voter registration form to be mailed to you in
addition to online forms available.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Ohio voter information lookup
Phone: If you can not verify your status online you may contact your county board of \
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any qualified Ohio voter may vote absentee by mail
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: print out an Application for Absent Voter's Ballotor complete your absentee
may also request and vote on an absentee ballot in the same day at your County
Board of Elections.
By mail: Beginning January 1st or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever
is earlier, you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in
which you want to vote.
Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may apply for
the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application). Send your completed Federal Post
Card Application to:
Secretary of State
By fax: 614-485-7690
Emergency Voting: If you or your minor child is in the hospital on Election Day:
Regardless of where you or your minor child is hospitalized, you must submit a
properly completed and signed request to the board of elections of the county in
which your voting residence is located by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. For more
information click here.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time:
By U.S. Mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be
received by the board of elections prior to close of the polls on election day or
postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of
elections no later than 10 days after that election.
In person: Your marked ballot must be delivered to the board of elections office no
later than the close of the polls on Election Day.
Other absentee ballot submission information: No voted ballot may be returned to a
board of elections by fax or email. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or email, it will
not be accepted, processed, or counted.
Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter in Ohio may vote early
Other information for early voting: Ohio early voting Information
Verifying Registration: Ohio Voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Ohio polling place finder
ID Requirements: The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who
appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:
-An unexpired Ohio driver's license or state identification card with present or
former address so long as the voter's present residential address is printed in the
officiallist of registered voters for that precinct
-A military identification
-A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the
state of Ohio, that contains the voter's name and current address and that has an
expiration date that has not passed
-An original or copy of a current utility bill with voter's name and present address
-An original or copy of a current bank statement with voter's name and present
-An original or copy of a current government check with the voter's name and
-An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter's name and present
-An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter
registration acknowledgment notification mailed by the board of elections, that
shows the voter's name and current address.
Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social
Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement
swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting
a provisional ballot.
How to Vote:View Ohio's voting guide online for the next upcoming election.
Problems with voting: Ohio Election Law Violations and Voter Fraud or fill out a form here.
Verifying provisional ballot status: Ohio Provisional voting policies
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local county board of elections.