OHIO

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Ohio’s voter registration form asks for your Ohio driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Those who vote early in person are required to provide the last four digits of their social security number if they lack an Ohio driver’s license or non-driver ID card.

Those who vote at the polls on Election Day must show one of the following types of ID:

  • Current and valid photo ID issued by the federal government or the State of Ohio (driver’s licenses and non-driver photo IDs issued by the Ohio BMV are acceptable even if the address does not match the address on the voter’s registration.)
  • Military ID that shows the voter’s name.
  • A copy or original of a current utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document (including those issued by a public college or university) that shows the voter’s name and current address (but not a notice of an election or a voter registration notification sent by a Board of Elections).

Colleges and universities may issue students living on campus a current utility bill with a current address that students can use as voter ID. A zero-balance bill indicating that the student has already paid for utilities is acceptable.

A voter without ID can cast a provisional ballot after swearing to her identity, but must bring ID to the county board of elections within seven days.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • An electronic application to vote absentee by mail and a PDF application are available at the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Mailed applications must be received by your county board of elections by noon on the third day before the election.
  • The completed absentee ballot must be received by the close of polls on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Registered voters have the right to vote early in-person or absentee by mail without an excuse. Early in-person voting begins the day after the close of voter registration until the day before Election Day. Check with your local board of elections for dates and hours. Check the early in-person voting schedule here.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Ohio affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No. Simply registering to vote in Ohio does not mean you must obtain a driver’s license and register your vehicle in the state.

FELN intends that the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Ohio legal professional.

Last updated August 2017