You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election
- You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote*
- You are not currently incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction**
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
- You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws
*For more information on residency requirements, scroll to the bottom of this page.
**If you’ve served time for a felony conviction, you must re-register to vote in Ohio upon release.
Make sure you are registered at your current address at least 30 days before the election.
If you need to register for the first time, or re-register to vote, you can in just a few minutes! You will need to fill out a 1-page voter registration form that you can download from our website and print. Alternatively, you can obtain a form in-person to fill out and submit at any one of the following locations:
- Office of the Secretary of State (180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215)
- Office of any of the 88 county Boards of Elections (directory of addresses here)
- Office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- Public libraries (find an Ohio public library here)
- Public high schools or vocational schools
- County treasurers’ offices (find an office here)
- Offices 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
- The office of any state-assisted college or university responsible for providing assistance to disabled students.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about registering and we will help!
Residency Requirements for Voting in Ohio:
Your voting residence is the location that you consider to be a permanent, not a temporary, residence. Your voting residence is the place in which your habitation is fixed and to which, whenever you are absent, you intend to return. If you do not have a fixed place of habitation, but you are a consistent or regular inhabitant of a shelter or other location to which you intend to return, you may use that shelter or other location as your residence for purposes of registering to vote. If you have questions about your specific residency circumstances, you may contact your local board of elections for further information.
Dates & deadlines
The 2016 General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8!
Polls are open: 6:30am to 7:30pm
If you’ve moved, you need to update your address no later than 30 days prior to an election.
Click here to verify that you’re registered to vote at the correct address.
If you need to update your registered voter information, do so online by clicking here.
October 11, 2016: Last day to register to vote or update your address
- You can update your address online here
- Alternatively, you can update your address by printing out the voter registration form (click here to download), filling out the section for “Updating my address,” and mailing the form to your county’s Board of Elections office before October 11, 2016
- You cannot register to vote online for the 2016 election, so please click here to download the 1-page registration form from our website. Fill it out, sign your name, and mail it to your local county’s Board of Elections within 10 days of signing the form (and before October 11, 2016)
- Click here to get the address of your county’s Board of Elections office
We will update you on early voting days, times, locations, and transportation options when it gets closer to that time!
If you know that you plan to vote absentee, you can request your absentee ballot by clicking here. Please verify that you’re registered to vote and that you’re registered at your current address before requesting your absentee ballot.
Voter ID requirements
Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must indicate his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.
Proof of identity may be provided in any of the following forms:
- An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
- 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 utility bill 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.
For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months. “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill. “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts. “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.
Provisional ballots: If you do not have any of the above forms of identification when you arrive at your polling location to vote, you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
If you do not provide one of the above documents or your driver’s license/state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification.
Look up your Election Day polling location here.
Early voting (in-person, absentee voting) takes place at your county’s Board of Elections. You can find your local early voting address here. Here are the addresses for the largest counties:
- Cuyahoga County: 2925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
- Franklin County: 1700 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
- Hamilton County: 824 Broadway Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
- Lucas County: 1301 Monroe Street , Toledo, OH 43604
- Mahoning County: 345 Oak Hill Ave. Entrance A, Youngstown, OH 44502
- Montgomery County: 451 Third St., Dayton, OH 45422
- Stark County: 3525 Regent Ave. NE, Canton, OH 44705
- Summit County: 470 Grant Street, Akron, OH 44311
- Trumbull County: 2947 Youngstown Rd., SE, Warren, OH 44484
- Warren County: 520 Justice Dr., Lebanon, OH 45036