Ohio

44% of 18-29 year olds voted in Ohio in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 5, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

Check Registration Status

Check your Ohio voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before Election Day, at least 18 years old on or before Election Day, not be incarcerated for a felony conviction, not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court, and not be permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

  • If you are 17, but you will be 18 on or before the General Election, you may vote in the Primary Election to nominate candidates.
  • If you are a college student, you may vote using your Ohio school residence address if the school residence is considered to be the place to which your habitation is fixed and to which, whenever you are absent, you intend to return. Your school residence must be considered your permanent residence at the time of voting. Any other previous residence for voting purposes is no longer valid. It is illegal for a person to register and vote from two different addresses. Click here for more information about voting as a college student in Ohio.

Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in Ohio for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 5, 2020.

 

Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in Ohio: online registration, mailing in a printable application, or in-person registration.

  • Further voter registration information for Ohio can be found here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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Ohio offers absentee by-mail and early in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All registered Ohio voters are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Click here to access Ohio’s absentee voting application.

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 31, 2020 at noon.
  • If you are mailing in your completed absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election (November 2, 2020) in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your County Board of Elections before the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.
  • Further absentee voting information for Ohio is listed here. Ohio offers early voting.

Early Voting

Ohio offers early voting.

  • Starting the day after the close of voter registration (October 6, 2020), all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in-person at their County Board of Elections or early voting center as designated by the county. Click here for more information and voting times.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6:30am-7:30pm.

  • In order to vote in Ohio, you must present a valid form of photo or non-photo ID. Information about acceptable forms of ID can be found here. If you do not have a valid ID, you may provide your Ohio driver’s license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot.
  • Further Ohio voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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