Voter Registration In Ohio
Who Can Register In Ohio
To register to vote in Ohio, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (if you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18)
- Not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
- Not be incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States
- Not have been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in. However, if the voter registration deadline falls on a Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline is extended to the next day that is not a Sunday or a legal holiday.
Ohio Election Day Registration
Ohio does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Ohio if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Ohio does restore the right to vote upon release.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Ohio
Where To Vote In Ohio
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Ohio.
Early Voting In Ohio
Ohio offers in-person absentee voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins the day after the close of voter registration (usually 29 days before the election) and ends at 2 PM on the Monday before the election. Absentee ballots can be returned in person through Election Day, but must be given directly to the county Board of Elections.
Primary Elections In Ohio
Ohio has semi-open primaries. Voters become affiliated with a political party by choosing to vote in that party’s primary. Voters declare or change their affiliation by choosing a party’s primary ballot. Unaffiliated voters can vote with an Official Questions and Issues Ballot if they do not wish to vote on people or become affiliated with a party. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election. However, they can only vote to nominate candidates and cannot vote on issues or party central committees until they are 18.
Voter ID In Ohio
Voter ID Requirements
ID is required to vote in Ohio. Valid forms of ID include:
- 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 (including cell phone 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
- 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. “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.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, 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 the documents or information listed above, you can still vote 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.
Additional Ohio Resources
Your State Election Official
Ohio Secretary of State
Phone number: 614.466.2655; 877.767.6446