Ohio

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 4, 2021 – Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 5, 2021 – Early Voting Starts
Oct. 30, 2021 – Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot

Requests must be received by Noon.

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

Nov. 1, 2021 – Deadline for Completed Absentee Ballot

Must be postmarked by November 2, 2021.

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

Nov. 2, 2021 – Deadline to Return Completed Ballot In-Person

Absentee Ballot must be received by 7:30 p.m.

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

Nov. 2, 2021 – Deadline to register for Emergency Absentee Ballot

 Deadline to apply for absentee ballot if voter or voter’s child is hospitalized because of accident or medical emergency by 3:00 pm.

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

Last Updated: October 2021

Voting in Ohio

When You Can Vote

FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2021 GENERAL ELECTION

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: 

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

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

Registering to Vote

The voter registration deadline for the November 2 general was October 4, 2021 

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early 

Early In-Person absentee voting for the November 2 general election begins October 5, 2021 and ends November 1, 2021. It includes hours on Saturday Oct. 30 and Sunday October 31. 

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/2021-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. 

  

*Note: you must request an absentee ballot, it will not be automatically sent to you. You have until noon on October 30 for the Board of Elections to receive your absentee ballot request, but we highly recommend sending your request as soon as possible. 

 

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.   

*Absentee applications need not be on a particular form for the November 2, 2021 general election! 

  • 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 on October 30, 2021. 

 

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 Monday November 1, 2021 (and received no later than 10 days after Election Day) OR 
  • DROP OFF your absentee ballot at your county Board of Elections by Tuesday, November 2, 2021 by 7:30 p.m. OR 
  • 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

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

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. 
  1. 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). 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.  
  1. 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

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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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area. 

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice. 

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

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