The 2018 General Election Day is Tuesday, November 6!
Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WAYS TO VOTE:
- Early in-person: You can vote early, in person at your county Board of Elections, starting Oct. 10, 2018. Click here to locate the address of your Ohio County Board of Elections.
- You can early vote:
- Mon.-Fri. ONLY, Oct.10 – Oct. 26: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 27: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m
- Mon.-Fri.: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m
- Saturday, Nov. 3: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m
- Sunday, Nov. 4: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m
- Monday, Nov. 5: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- You can early vote:
- Mail-in absentee: You can fill out your ballot at home and send it in the mail to vote ahead of Election Day, BUT you have to first request your absentee ballot by filling out this form and mailing it to your county’s Board of Elections office so that it’s received before Sat., Nov. 3 at noon
- You can also call your county Board of Elections to have them mail you a request for an absentee ballot. Click here to access the directory to find their phone number
- Once your absentee ballot request form has been received, you will get an absentee ballot sent to you by mail. You must fill out this ballot and mail it back by no later than Mon., Nov. 5 (postmarked on Nov. 5). They can also be dropped off at the Board of Elections on Election Day before 7:30 p.m. They cannot be taken to a polling place.
- On Election Day, at your polling location: Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location by clicking here and entering your name and Ohio county.
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.
Are you registered to vote? Is your address up to date? Click here to find out!
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! Follow this link to register online as an Ohio voter. You are also able to use this 1-page voter registration form, which 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.