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. If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.
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.
If registering online you will need: Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
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
Download and mail the form to Ohio Secretary of State's Office
In person: You may fill out a registration form and return it in person or by US mail at any County Board of Elections, The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, BMV or Deputy Registrars or any of the following locations:
-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,
-Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities
-Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students
-Any county treasurer’s office;
-Any public high school or vocational school
-Any public library.
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 may vote absentee by mail
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
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 www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com for more information.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
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: https://votesmart.org
Polling Place: Ohio polling place finder
ID Requirements: Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity. Identification may include:
-current and valid photo identification
-Ohio State ID or Driver’s License
-a military identification
-a copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill
-government check, paycheck, or other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections)
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.