VOTING IN OHIO
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Where to mail your form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked thirty (30) days before Election Day
In-Person: Completed thirty (30) days before Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Board of Elections

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote and update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Ohio driver's license or non-driver State ID and the last four digits of their social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Thirty (30) days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Ohio residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

If a registered voter has moved within the state of Ohio but has not updated their voter registration information.

New Address, Same Polling Place
Voter can vote after signing a notice of change of residence and showing ID with their name and current address.

New Address, Same County, New Polling Place
Voter can vote a Provisional Ballot at their new polling place.

New County
Voter can vote a Provisional Ballot at the County Board of Elections office or site designated by the same office.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Safe at Home

Voters who are members of the Safe at Home address confidentiality program may choose to keep their address confidential and use their Safe at Home address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Ohio is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all voters may vote an absentee ballot in person (aka "early vote) at their County Board of Elections and vote that ballot at the same time.

In-Person Absentee Voting
BEGINS: Twenty-eight (28) days before Election Day
ENDS: 2:00pm the Monday before Election Day

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Ohio voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Ohio is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Absentee Voting

Ohio is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person (aka "early voting").

Absentee Ballot Application (English)
Absentee Ballot Application (Spanish)
Emergency Absentee Ballot Application
Remote Ballot Marking Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Received by 12:00pm on Saturday before Election Day.
In-Person: Delivered by 2:00pm the day before Election Day.
Emergency: Received by 5:00pm the day before Election Day.

For more info on absentee voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Board of Elections

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to show proof of identity from an approved list of documents. Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may still vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of Ohio may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the required photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• their name has been marked for receiving an absentee ballot

NOTE: Voters who vote a Provisional Ballot because they did not provide Voter ID must provide the required ID to their County Board of Elections within the seven (7) days following Election Day.

Polling Hours

6:30am to 7:30pm, Eastern Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:30pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters do not need to affiliate with a party in order to vote in a Primary Election, but must choose one party's ballot. Voters may choose to not vote in either party's primary and will vote a ballot that only has referendums and/or amendments.

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Ohio, or students who already live in Ohio but attend college in another part of the state should visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can visit the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration

NOTE
• Voters awaiting trial, or on probation and/or parole may register to vote and vote.
• Voters convicted of violating Ohio Election Law twice are permanently barred from voting in Ohio.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.