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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Ohio state voter registration form or call 1-877-767-6446 to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Check the box to select whether you’re registering, updating your address, or updating your name register

Steps 1–2 · Indicate if you’re a US citizen and if you’ll be 18 on or before Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 3–8 · Provide your name and address

Steps 9–10 · Provide your birthday and driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or include a photocopy of one of the following:

  • Current photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

Step 11 · Providing your phone number is optional

Step 12 · Provide your old address if you’re changing it

Step 13 · Provide your new full name if you’re changing it, and sign the box with your old name

Step 14 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 11 and sent to this address:

Secretary of State of Ohio
Elections Division
180 E. Broad Street – 15th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

For faster processing, mail it to your county board of elections


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county board of elections, any BMV office, any county treasurer’s office, or any public library.


2. Fill out the form

Check the box to select whether you’re registering, updating your address, or updating your name register

Steps 1–2 · Indicate if you’re a US citizen and if you’ll be 18 on or before Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 3–8 · Provide your name and address

Steps 9–10 · Provide your birthday and driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, provide last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a Social Security number, write “None.”

Step 11 · Providing your phone number is optional

Step 12 · Provide your old address if you’re changing it

Step 13 · Provide your new full name if you’re changing it, and sign the box with your old name

Step 14 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked or returned in person by Oct 11 to your county board of elections, any BMV office, any county treasurer’s office, or any public library.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an Ohio address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail for a felony
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • Not be permanently disqualified for violating an election law
Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
October 12 – November 7

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM.

Bring a copy of accepted ID.


Who can vote early

Any Ohio registered voter can apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Who can vote by mail

Any Ohio registered voter can apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Get the absentee ballot request form online or call 1-877-767-6446 to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name, home address and county, and address to send the ballot to.

Step 2 · Provide your birthday and driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or a photocopy of one of the following:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Military ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and home address

Step 3 · Provide the date of the election you want to vote in

The 2016 general election is on Nov 8

Step 4 · Check the box for “General Election”

Step 5 · Sign and date the form

Step 6 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address


3. Return the application

Mail the signed and completed form to your county board of elections. It must be received by noon on Nov 5.


4. Vote
Absentee ballot received by
November 7

Vote early
Oct 12–Nov 7

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM.

Bring a copy of accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Ohio. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Nov 8, Election Day
  • Live at an Ohio address

In person ID requirements

All voters must bring ID to vote in person. Bring one of the following with you to vote:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or ID
  • An unexpired photo ID issued by Ohio or the US government that includes your name and current address
  • A military ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check that includes your name and current address
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to include your Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your absentee ballot application. If you don’t have one of these numbers, then you must a copy of your identification. Acceptable ID includes: a current and valid photo ID that shows your name; a military identification that shows your name; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document (other than a voter registration notification mailed by a board of elections) that shows your name and address.