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Voting Resources: Voter Registration

Eligibility

  • Age: At least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18)
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen     
  • Residence: You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote

 

Check to see if you are already registered https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx

More information: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/voter-eligibility-residency-reqs/#register

Forms

Online registration

To use the online voter registration system you must have a current Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address, and last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Online registration form (in English and Spanish):  https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/

Mail-in registration

Printable form:  https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/vr_form_04-2015.pdf

You declare your political party affiliation by requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election.

If you do not desire to affiliate with a political party in Ohio, you are considered to be an unaffiliated voter. An unaffiliated voter does not vote the ballot of a political party in a primary election. However, an unaffiliated voter may vote the Official Questions & Issues Ballot, if there is one for the voter's precinct at the election.

Deadlines

Voter registration deadline is no later than 30 days prior to an election:

  • February 18, 2020 for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election
  • July 6, 2020 for the August 4, 2020 Special Election
  • October 5, 2020 for the November 3, 2020 General Election

 

 

Guidelines: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/register/#deadline

Election Calendar: https://www.ohiosos.gov/publications/2020-elections-calendar/#gref

Ohio does not offer same-day voter registration 

 

Updating/Cancelling Registration

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move or name change, use the voter registration form.

Cancelling registration

County Boards of Elections Directory: Each of Ohio’s 88 counties has a Board of Elections (BOE) office that is responsible for administering local elections. For addresses and contact information see https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/elections-officials/county-boards-of-elections-directory/

To cancel your Ohio registration complete the voter registration cancellation form and mail it to your county board of elections https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/10-a.pdf