Forms and Deadlines
By Mail: Postmarked thirty (30) days before Election Day
In-Person: Completed thirty (30) days before Election Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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").
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.
Do you need Voter ID?
NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may still vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.
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.
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
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:
For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can visit the:
Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:
- completing their term of incarceration
• 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.
• 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.