The deadline to register for Ohio’s 2020 primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 18.
**NOTE: Any registered Ohio voter can cast a ballot in our state’s Democratic primary. Under Ohio election law, you declare your political party affiliation by requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election.
→ Click here to get registered or update/confirm your voter registration online. You must have an Ohio driver’s license or state identification card to register online.
In order to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet these requirements:
- You are a citizen of the United States.
- You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
- You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before Election Day.
- You are not currently in jail or in prison for a felony conviction. **If you are not currently incarcerated as a result of a felony conviction, you ARE eligible to register and vote.**
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
Ohio accepts a wide variety of documents for voter ID purposes:
- 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.
- A U.S. Military ID.
- 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.
You do NOT need an ID to vote early in-person. If you do not have an ID and are voting on Election Day, you CAN still vote via provisional ballot by providing the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
You can choose how you want to vote in Ohio — Vote on Election Day, Vote By Mail or Vote Early.
Early in-person voting opens on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Early voting is open:
Feb. 19 – March 6 (M-F): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 9 – March 13 (M-F): 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 16: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 17. The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. If you are in line at 7:30 p.m., you will be permitted to vote. Click here to find your Election Day polling place.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, March 17. Click here to download an absentee ballot request form.
You can return your absentee ballot by mail; it must be postmarked by Monday, March 16. You can also return your absentee ballot in person to your county board of elections no later than 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.
**Military and overseas voters:
Military and overseas ballots must be signed and submitted for mailing no later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 17
Military and overseas ballots must be received by boards of elections no later than Friday, March 27.
If you have questions or issues at the polls, call 833-336-VOTE.