2. Who Is Qualified To Vote?
3. Must I Register?
4. Where Can I Register?
(Registering By Mail)
5. Do I Declare My
Polictics When I Register?
6. What If I Change My Address
7. Is TDD Assistance Available?
8. Where Can I Vote?
9. When Does Voter Registration Close?
Voting is a
privilege for citizens of the United States. Information that will be helpful to
you about voting in the state of Ohio is listed below.
If you have
questions that are unanswered after reading this document you may call your
Board of Elections for further assistance.
formal count of voters age 21 and over began on August 1, 1803. Ohioís first law
requiring registration of voters was enacted in 1845.
more than 6 million Ohioans are registered to vote, many citizens remain
unregistered and ineligible to vote. Itís easy to register by mailing a
registration form to the Secretary of State or at any of the designated
registration sites below.
Qualified to vote if:
- You are a
citizen of the United States.
- You are at
least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election. If you will
be 18 on or before the day of the general election, you may vote in the
primary election for candidates only, but not on the issues.
- You will be a
resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
- You register to
vote at least 30 days before the election.
Does Everyone have
to be registered to vote?
- At any county
board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís Office.
- At branch
registration offices or locations established by a board of elections.
- At any public
high school or vocational school.
- At the office
of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- At offices of
designated agencies which provide public assistance or disability programs .
- You may
request a registration form from the board of elections or the Secretary of
Stateís office by mail, telephone, in person or by having another person
obtain it for you or by printing the Voter Registration Form on this
Website. After completing the form, return it to the board of elections or
Secretary of Stateís office by mail. Click
here to print a form that may be mailed to the
registration forms sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of
Stateís office must be postmarked 30 days before an election to be valid.
forms not mailed in must be received by a board of elections, the Secretary
of Stateís office, public high school or vocational school, public library,
office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, county treasurerís office or
designated agencies 30 days before an election to be valid for that
- No. Under Ohio
law, your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you vote in a
- If you are
registered and move within the state or same county or change your name, you
must report the change to the board of elections by completing a voter
registration form at the locations stated above or by mail as stated above.
- You may also
complete a notice of change in voting status and file it with the court when
you apply for a marriage license or when your name is changed by court
- Mailed forms
sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís office must
be postmarked 30 days before an election to be valid for the election.
- Forms not
mailed in must be received by a board of elections, the Secretary of Stateís
office, public high school, or vocational school, public library, office of
any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, county treasurerís office of designated
agencies 30 days before an election to be valid for that election.
The Secretary of
Stateís office maintains a phone line to provide information on registration and
voting for deaf and hard of hearing citizens. The number is (614) 466-0562.
- You can cast
your ballot at the polling place designated to serve the precinct in which
you reside. If you are in doubt as to the location of this polling place,
check with the Board of Elections in your county.