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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.



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 election laws.


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;

-bank statement;


-government check

-government document (except board of elections notifications) that shows your name and current address



Online: Ohio voter registration form

Download and mail the form to Ohio Secretary of State's Office

In person: You may return or complete a form at any of the following locations:

-The office of the Secretary of State;

-The office of any of the 88 county boards of elections;

-The office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles;

-Public libraries;

-Public high schools or vocational schools;

-County treasurers' offices; or

-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.



Online: Ohio voter information lookup

Phone: If you can not verify your status online you may contact your county board of elections.



Who can vote absentee: Any qualified Ohio voter may vote absentee by mail



Print out an Application for Absent Voter's Ballot and send it to County Board of Elections.

In person: You may turn the ballot request in 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.

By mail: You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.

Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may apply for the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application). Please visit for more information.



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:

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 official list 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 address

-An original or copy of a current government check with the voter's name and present address

-An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter's name and present address

-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.


What is going to be on the Ballot?: View Ohio's voting guide online for the next upcoming election.

Problems with voting: Ohio Election Law Violations and Voter Fraud.

Verifying provisional ballot status: Ohio Provisional voting policies

Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local county board of elections.

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