Ohio Voter Registration Information

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VOTER REGISTRATION

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: Ohio has a semi-open primary, You may vote the primary ballot of the political party with which you currently wish to be affiliated. If you voted the primary ballot of a different political party, you will complete a statement at your polling place confirming the change in your political party affiliation.


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 and of the precinct in which you will vote at least 30 days immediately before the election.

Mental Competency: Not must been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court

Felony Convictions: Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison

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. Without these you may enclose a copy of one of the following showing your name and current address
   -Current valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
   -Military identification; or current(within one year)
   -utility bill;
   -bank statement;
   -paycheck;
   -government check;or 
   -government document(except board of elections notifications)

Other Voter Registration Qualifications: You may be permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Ohio voter registration form or fill out a form completely online.

In person: You may return or complete a form at any of the following locations
   -Any county board of elections;
   -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) program);
     -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 students;.

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 elections.


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:
Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Application for absent-voters ballot or complete your absentee ballot application completely online.

In person: You may turn the ballot request back to your County Board of Elections. You may also request and vote on an absentee ballot in the same day at your County Board of Elections, but no later than 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the election.

By mail: Beginning January 1st, the year of the election or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, you may mail your properly completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon of the third day before the election(Usually a Saturday).

Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may apply for the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application). Or download an Ohio absent voter's ballot request form. Ballot requests may be sent by fax or email, but all ballots must be returned in person or mail. Military and Overseas Voter Guide.

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. More information for Emergency Hospitalization Absentee Voting.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time:
  By U.S. Mail: The return envelop containing your marked ballot must either be received by the board of elections prior to 7:30 p.m., 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, either by your or an eligible family member: Your marked ballot, which must be seated in the completed and signed identification envelop provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m., 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

Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter in Ohio may vote early

Other information for early voting: Ohio Early Voting Information


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Ohio Voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Employers cannot fire, threaten to fire, or otherwise punish or coerce an employee for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote. Time to vote is paid only for salaried employees.

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:
   -A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; 
   -A military identification("military ID");
   -An original or copy of a current utility bill;
   -An original or copy of a current bank statement;
   -An original or copy of a current government check;
   -An original or copy of a current paycheck;
   -An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement 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.