OHIO ELECTION INFORMATION

Upcoming Elections in Your State

General Election: November 6, 2018

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018

For more information, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/ or for the Election Calender, visit here

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Election Day:

The polls must be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Election Day. If there are voters waiting in line to cast their ballots at 7:30 p.m., the polls must remain open until those in line have voted.

Early In-Person voting begins October 10, 2018. Voters will find their polling locations here.

Absentee voting by mail begins October 10, 2018.

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How to Find Your Polling Place:

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

http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx

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Registration Deadlines:

The voter registration deadline is October 9, 2018. Early In-Person voting begins October 10, 2018. To register to vote in person, you must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number as identification on the registration card.

How to Check Your Registration: Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s voter registration check web page.

http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Ohio, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Be an Ohio resident for at least 30 days;
  • Not be imprisoned for a felony conviction;
  • Not be declared  incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
  • Not be permanently denied the right to vote for violations of the election laws.

How to Register:

Complete your voter registration form online, return in person or by mail to any of the following public offices:

  • Any county board of elections;
  • The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office;
  • BMV or Deputy Registrars;
  • Office of designated agencies, including:
    • The Department of Job and Family Services,
    • The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program),
    • The Department of Mental Health,
    • The Department of Developmental Disabilities,
    • Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities, or
    • Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students;
  • Any county treasurer’s office;
  • Any public high school or vocational school; or
  • Any public library.

Your completed voter registration form must be postmarked or received at least 30 days before Election Day.

Identification Required for Registration:

You may provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, or your current and valid Ohio driver’s license number on line 10 of the Voter Registration Form. If you have neither, you may write “None.”

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If You Want to Vote Early

Early in-Person Voting begins October 10, 2018. Registered voters may vote early on business days: October 10 – October 26 (8am-5pm) and October 29-November 2 (8am-7pm). Additional hours will be available on the weekend before Election Day: November 3 (8am-4pm), and November 4 (1pm-5pm). The last day of Early In-Person Voting is Monday, November 5, 2018; please note that voting is only available 8am-2pm on November 5.

Check with your county board of elections for information about where to vote early: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/electionsofficials/boeDirectory.aspx.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Anyone who is a registered voter may vote absentee. If an absentee ballot is mailed to you and you change your mind and appear at your polling place to vote on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot that cannot be counted until at least 11 days after the election.

Absentee voting by mail begins October 10, 2018. The absentee ballot postmark deadline is November 5, 2018.  But first, you must fill out an absentee application. Applications are available online in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Applications must be received by noon on Saturday, November 3 (three days before the general election).  The county board will mail you an absentee ballot.  Mark the ballot and mail it back to the county board.  Your ballot is due back to the county board of elections before the close of the polls on Election Day (or else if you are mailing it, it should be postmarked by the day before Election Day and received within 10 days after Election Day).

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Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You may vote without providing identification, BUT if you have no ID, you must vote on a provisional ballot. When you cast your provisional ballot you must provide either: (a) your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers), or (b) the last four digits of your Social Security number. If a voter casts a provision ballot, they should expect to be given information so that they can follow up to make sure that their vote counted.

Within 7 days after Election Day, a voter who casts a provisional ballot because they did not provide identification at the polls or because they were successfully challenged, must appear at the board and provide the appropriate identification. 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.

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;
  • A military identification;
  • A 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 (note: a U.S. Passport is not valid ID, because it doesn’t have an address listed);
  • 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.

VoteRiders has created Ohio voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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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 elector, 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 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) and do the following:  completing and signing the written affirmation on the provisional ballot envelope, voting a provisional ballot, and completing and signing 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 vote a provisional ballot.

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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 an individual 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:

  1. By mail: Beginning on October 10, 2018, 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: You can email your completed and signed absentee ballot request form 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 can 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.

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.

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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.

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