How to Register to Vote in Ohio
There are several ways to register as a voter in Ohio. But first, you must ensure that you meet the voting eligibility requirements and understand the registration process.
With DoNotPay, you can access the electoral registration portal to vote in referendums and elections. The system will also help you change your personal details, e.g., name, location, or citizenship, in case of re-registration.
Who Is Qualified to Register to Vote in Ohio?
If you fulfill the requirements below, you are free to register as a voter in this state:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on or before the national election day (seventeen-year-olds who might turn eighteen before the actual election can only participate in the primary election for contenders)
- Lived in Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the election
- Are not presently serving a sentence for a felony
- Have not been referred as unable to vote by a judge
- Have not been legally barred from voting due to election law infractions
You should complete and send your application at least 30 days before the election so you can vote. If you just relocated to Ohio, you will need to re-register.
Before registering, please make sure you have a valid form of identification. You will need to submit one of the following IDs:
- A photo ID card, State ID card, or Driver's license with all your names and full address: Please note that passports and student IDs from the United States are not accepted.
- A US military ID with your photo and name (Your address isn't required)
- A current (within the prior 12 months) mobile phone bill, financial statements, salary, government check, or other government records, such as a Social Security or Ohio Work and Family Services compensation letter, are all acceptable forms of identification.
How to Register to Vote in Ohio
You can register to vote in Ohio online, by mail, or in-person.
On the Ohio Secretary of State's website, you can fill out your online application. Make sure to fill it out carefully and submit it for approval. For the military and foreign citizens, you can assess this new program to register.
Voting by mail is an option for those who do not want to vote in person ("absentee ballot"). This permits you to vote from the comfort of your residence or wherever you are. Please fill out an absentee ballot application form and forward it to your local elections office. Meanwhile, you can look at a sample ballot on their website. You can request an absentee ballot a month before Election Day.
Follow the instructions carefully and return your ballot as soon as possible. If physically delivered, submit absentee ballots before the closure of polls on Election Day. Mailed-in ballots should be postmarked by midnight on the day of the election. Mail-in voting commences 45 days before Election Day for Ohio foreign and military voters, and absentee ballots must be returned no later than ten days after Election Day.
To register as a voter in person, visit your nearby Local Board of Elections, where the officials will give you a form to fill out. You can also obtain a copy of the voting registration form from your local public library, high school, county clerk's office, or public assistance desk. Please ensure you vote in your appropriate Ohio district. This link will help you locate your polling station.
All limited English proficiency voters in the U.S are advised to seek voting aid from any individual of their preference, as long as that person is neither the candidate's employer, an agent of the employer, or a member of the voter's association.
If you've been found guilty of a crime and are unsure whether or not you are eligible to vote, go to Restore Your Vote to uncover more information.
To confirm your ongoing application status, visit the Ohio Secretary of State's page. You may contact the Ohio election office through the Secretary of State at 22 North Fourth Street, 16th Floor Columbus, OH 43215 or call (614) 466-2585.
Voter Registration Deadlines in Ohio
|Online||30 days before Election Day|
|By Mail||Must be received 30 days before Election Day|
|In-Person||30 days before Election Day|
The following are the deadlines to request an absentee ballot:
- In-Person: Noon, three days prior to the election
- By mail: Noon, three days to the election
When sending back your absentee ballots by mail, ensure they are postmarked before Election Day.
Register to Vote in Ohio With the Help of DoNotPay
- Search "voter registration" on DoNotPay.
- Select whether you want to register to vote, change your voter information, cancel your registration, or verify your registration.
- Enter the state you want to register in (or are registered in) and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions about you to help us verify your identity and complete your application.
- Provide your signature and verify that your information is correct.
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