Frequently Asked Questions
Voter Registration and Eligibility
Am I eligible to register to vote in Ohio?
In order to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet these requirements:
1. You are a citizen of the United States.
2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before Election Day.
4. You are not currently in jail or in prison for a felony conviction.
5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws.
I’m an ex-felon — can I still vote?
Yes! If you are an ex-felon and not currently incarcerated, you can vote in Ohio.
Can I vote in Ohio if I recently moved here?
You can vote in Ohio if you are a resident for at least 30 days before Election Day.
When is the deadline to register to vote?
You must be registered to vote by Monday, April 4 for the Primary Election.
How do I register to vote?
Visit IWillVote.com to get registered and/or confirm that your voter registration is active and up-to-date.
Do I need an ID to vote?
If you are voting early (in person or by mail), you do not need an ID — you only need the last four digits of your Social Security number (or your driver’s license number, if you have it).
If you are voting in person on Election Day, you can bring any of the following documents:
- A driver’s license or state ID card with your name and photo, issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The card must be current, but it can have an old address if registration is up to date.
- A U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (address not required).
- A government ID with your name, current address and photo. (Note that student ID is not accepted.)
- An original or copy of one of the following current documents that shows your name and current address:
- utility bill (including cell phone bill),
- bank statement,
- pay stub,
- government check or other government document.
Bills, bank statements and other documents must be dated within one year prior to Election Day to be accepted as current. If you do not have any of the above and are voting on Election Day, you may use the last four digits of your Social Security number, but you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
Voting Early (By Mail)
Are vote-by-mail ballots and absentee ballots the same thing?
Yes! They are.
Can I apply for a ballot online?
No, you unfortunately cannot apply for a vote-by-mail ballot online. However, you can request a vote-by-mail ballot application at makeitcountohio.com and we’ll mail the form to you! You must then mail your completed ballot application to your county Board of Elections.
Can any registered voter vote by mail?
Yes! You do not need a reason to vote by mail in Ohio — all registered voters are eligible.
When will my ballot arrive in the mail?
County boards of elections will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots. Track your ballot here.
How do I track my absentee ballot?
Do I need to pay for postage on my ballot when I mail it back?
Currently, any Ohioan who votes by mail is required to attach postage if returning the ballot by mail. If you are returning your vote-by-mail ballot to your county’s dropbox, you do not need to attach postage. If you are returning your ballot via mail, you must ensure that you have used enough postage. We recommend two first-class stamps.
Who can handle my vote-by-mail ballot?
According to Ohio law, the people eligible to deliver the elector’s ballot (i.e. your ballot) are: the spouse of the elector, the father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the elector.
Voting Early (In Person)
When does early in-person voting begin?
Early in-person voting opens on Tuesday, April 5 for the Primary Election.
Where is my early in-person voting location?
Your county Board of Elections will determine your early in-person voting location closer to October — check back for more details soon! In almost all cases the only location will be your county BOE office.
Can any registered voter cast their ballot in person?
Any eligible voter can vote in person at your county’s early voting site starting on Tuesday, April 5 — you don’t need an excuse! You only need the last four digits of your Social Security number or your driver’s license number.
Voting on Election Day
When is Election Day?
Primary Election Day is May 3.
When are the polls open?
On Election Day, the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where is my polling place?
Final polling place locations are TBA — check back soon for more information!
Can I still cast my ballot if I’m in line by 7:30 p.m.?
Yes! If you are in line at the polling place by 7:30 p.m., you have the right to vote. Stay in line!
What should I do if my name is missing from the voter list when I go to vote?
If your name is not on the voter list at the precinct where you go to vote, you have the right to assistance in determining where you should be voting. If you are in the right precinct for your current address, don’t leave without voting a provisional ballot. If you are in the wrong precinct, you should go to the correct location. You have the right to vote a provisional ballot at the wrong precinct, but it will not be counted.
Is curbside voting available for folks with disabilities?
At any polling place that is exempt from accessibility requirements, if you have a disability and are unable to enter the polling place, you may vote curbside during early voting periods and on Election Day. Two precinct election officials from the major political parties will bring a ballot to you. You may sit in your car and vote, or you may vote at the door of the building. To facilitate this process, you should park as close to the front entrance as possible without blocking traffic, and call or flag down Board of Elections officials from your car. On Election Day, there should be volunteers and/or other voters outside to assist with gaining their attention.