Ohio

Upcoming Elections

2022-07-04 – Registration Deadline

Mon Jul 4, 2022

2022-07-30 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:00PM EDT

2022-08-01 – Ballot Return Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Mon Aug 1, 2022

2022-08-02 – Ballot Return Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Tue Aug 2, 2022 7:30PM EDT

2022-08-12 – Ballot Return Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Fri Aug 12, 2022

Last Updated: March 2022

Voting in Ohio

When You Can Vote

Early voting hours are listed here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/current-voting-schedule/ 

Make sure you are registered to vote – or have updated your voter information –Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration check web page: https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx

For more election information, visit the Ohio Secretary of State website.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Ohio State Legislative Primary Election is Mon Jul 4, 2022.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Ohio if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Ohio
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Ohio if:

  • You have been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws
  • You are incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States
  • You have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court

How to register 

  • Ohio State Legislative Primary Election
    • Register By: Mon Jul 4, 2022

The voter registration deadline is 30 days before the next election.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Ohio State Legislative Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:00PM EDT

Ballot Return:

  • Postmarked by Mon Aug 1, 2022
  • Post received by Fri Aug 12, 2022
  • In-Person, Received by Tue Aug 2, 2022 7:30PM EDT

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Tue Jul 5, 2022 8:00AM to Mon Aug 1, 2022 5:00PM

If You Want to Vote Early

Check with your county board of elections for information about where to vote early: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/elections-officials/county-boards-of-elections-directory

Check the early voting schedule for hours and dates: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/current-voting-schedule/

If You Want to Vote Absentee

If you have not already voted, you may request an absentee ballot.* Ohio does not require a voter to give a reason to request an absentee ballot during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications are available online in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).  The county Board of Elections will mail you an absentee ballot after receipt of your absentee ballot application form.

To vote by absentee ballot, follow these three steps:

Step 1: Print and complete an absentee ballot request form*, and mail the request form to your county Board of Elections.  

  • If you do not have access to a printer, you may write out your absentee information on a piece of paper and mail it to your county Board of Elections. 
  • You can also call your county Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot.
  • If you do not have access to stamps, call your county Board of Elections.
  • Your request form must arrive at your county Board of Elections by noon three days before Election Day

Step 2: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail and follow the directions for completing the ballot.

  • Assuming you are properly registered to vote and completed the request form correctly, you will receive your absentee ballot and accompanying instructions in a timely fashion.
  • If there is a question regarding your voter registration eligibility, you will receive a provisional ballot with a note indicating why your registration has been flagged and pre-paid postage for the provisional ballot.

Step 3: Return your ballot to your county Board of Elections.

  • MAIL your absentee ballot, and it must be postmarked by the day before Election Day (and received no later than 10 days after Election Day) OR
  • DROP OFF your absentee ballot at your county Board of Elections
  • Allow a near relative to drop off your absentee ballot. 
    • “Near relative” includes the voter’s spouse or the voter’s father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece.

If an absentee ballot is mailed to you, and you later decide to appear at your polling place to vote on Election Day, you will be required to vote using a provisional ballot that cannot be counted until at least 11 days after the election.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Ohio you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Ohio Driver’s License Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Valid Military ID
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

Statements and bills should be dated within one year of Election Day A notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections is not a valid form of ID If you do not have one of these forms of ID and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

Voting In-Person

In Ohio, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Government Check
  • Valid Ohio Issued ID
  • Valid Ohio Driver’s License

You may carry the original or a copy of your ID. Statements, checks and bills should be dated no earlier than 365 days before Election Day. If you do not have one of the Ohio valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

In Person Voting Identification Requirements 

To vote a regular ballot, Ohio voters are required to show some kind of proof of identity. Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address
  • An unexpired military identification;
  • An unexpired 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 (within the last 12 months) utility bill (includes a cell phone bill or zero balance utility bill from university housing) with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the 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; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

The following are UNACCEPTABLE types of identification:

  • Driver’s license or photo identification card issued by a state other than Ohio;
  • Social Security card;
  • Passport;
  • Birth certificate, unless you still live at the house where you resided at birth and the birth certificate contains that home address;
  • Insurance card; or
  • Any registration acknowledgement notice from the county Board of Elections. 

If you do not have proper identification, you can still vote with a provisional ballot if you are otherwise eligible to vote. When you cast your provisional ballot you must provide either: (a) your Ohio driver’s license number or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers), or (b) the last four digits of your Social Security number.   (c) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, a military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and current address. If a voter casts a provisional ballot, they should receive information on how to follow up to make sure that their vote counted.

Within 7 days after Election Day, a voter who casts a provisional ballot because  the voter did not provide proper identification, or because the individual’s eligibility to vote has been successfully challenged, must appear at the Board of Elections office and provide the appropriate identification (meaning one of the required forms of ID required at the polls [see above section on Voter ID], the last four digits of the voter’s social security number, or the voter’s full Ohio driver’s license number or Ohio state ID card number) or other additional information necessary to determine the voter’s eligibility. However, no follow up is required if a voter who did not provide a proper ID wrote on the provisional ballot envelope either the last four digits of their social security number or their full Ohio driver’s license or Ohio ID card number.

VoteRiders has created Ohio voter ID info cards in English https://www.voteriders.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VoteRiders_Ohio_2020Sept.pdf

and in Spanish https://www.voteriders.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/voteriders_ohio_es.pdf

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the same precinct

Any registered voter who moves within a precinct on or prior to election day and has not filed a change of residence form may vote a regular ballot by going to their assigned polling place, completing and signing a change of residence form, showing identification in the form of a current and valid photo identification, a military identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and current address of the voter, and casting a ballot. The identification used by the voter should reflect their current/new address.

Moving to a different precinct but within the same county

A voter who moves from one precinct to another in the same county and has not filed a change of residence form before the registration deadline has two options: the voter may appear at the county Board of Elections office, update his or her voter registration, and vote a provisional ballot; or the voter may go to his or her new polling location on Election Day and vote a provisional ballot.

Moving Between Counties

The voter should file a change of residence form.  If that has not happened, then starting 28 days before Election Day the voter may go in person to the Board of Elections (or another place if the Board has so designated) to: complete and sign the written affirmation on the provisional ballot envelope, voting vote a provisional ballot, and complete and sign a statement attesting to the change of address. A voter who has not completed a change of address at the Board of Elections may vote on Election Day by going to the assigned polling place for their new address and voting a provisional ballot.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Qualified voters who are members of the uniformed services or residing overseas may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  1. You may use the current Federal Post Credit Application (FPCA), available online at www.fvap.gov. The FPCA may be used both to register to vote and to request absentee ballots.
  2. You may also request an absentee ballot using a form prescribed by the Ohio Secretary of State (Form 11-A, if you will be in Ohio during the absentee period; otherwise use an FPCA).
  3. If you are already a registered Ohio voter, you may designate an eligible relative to request an absentee ballot on your behalf, like using the Secretary of State prescribed Form 11-E or the FPCA.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

If you are  eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), you may ask to receive your ballot in any one of the following ways, but in all cases you must return the marked ballot by mail:

  1. By mail: You can request their absentee ballot on January 1 or beginning 90 days before Election Day whichever is earlier. You may mail your completed absentee ballot application, bearing your signature, to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. 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, fax, or e-mail you a ballot. Your marked ballot must be returned by mail.
  2. By fax: You may fax your absentee ballot request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. You may request that the board fax, mail, or e-mail your ballot to you, but you must return your marked ballot by mail.
  3. By e-mail: Your completed and signed absentee ballot request form may be e-mailed to the board of elections office in the county in which you are registered to vote. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. You may request that the board fax, mail, or e-mail your ballot to you, but you must return your marked ballot by mail.
  4. In-person: Once absentee ballots are available, you may go to your county board of elections office or other site designated by the board of elections to cast your ballot in person.  If you are a UOCAVA voter voting in person on the day before an election or on Election Day, you may vote in person at the office of your county board of elections only. An application delivered in person to the board of elections office must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. 
  5. The ballot shall be submitted for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot, on the date of the election.  It must arrive at the board of elections office on or before the 10th day after the election.

When the board of elections issues your ballot, it will provide you with information on how to track the status of your ballot in the Centralized Ballot Tracking System.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you have requested an absentee ballot by noon on the Saturday before the election, but have not received it, you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. If you receive your absentee ballot after submitting the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, you may vote it and return it via mail or in person. If both the absentee ballot and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot are received by the 10th day after Election Day, the board of elections will only count the absentee ballot.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Have a Felony Conviction

A person currently incarcerated for a felony cannot vote.  If the person has a felony conviction, but is granted parole, judicial release and final discharge or is out of prison on probation, the person may vote but must register to vote again in order to be able to vote.  The felony conviction cancels the prior registration.

Inmates who are not in prison for a felony conviction (e.g. awaiting trial, or imprisoned for a misdemeanor) may vote by an absentee ballot if incarcerated on Election Day and otherwise eligible to vote.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

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