Get Ready to Vote
There are lots of rules around voting, but we're here to help!
This page offers all the "Get Ready to Vote" basic information you'll need to cast your ballot with ease and success.
You must be registered to vote at least 30 days before an election.
Register to Vote or Update Your Registration
Every Ohioan should regularly confirm that they are properly registered to vote. Click here to check your Voter Registration Status and to find your voting location.
Voter ID Requirements
To vote early in-person or on Election Day you'll need one of the following types of photo ID, which must be unexpired but does not require a current address.
Any type of license or ID card issues by the Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicles. This can include a commercial, motorcycle, probationary, restricted, temporary, interim, or suspended license.
A US passport book/card.
US military ID card; Ohio National Guard ID card; or US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card.
Change of Name: If the voter changed their name and provides proof of the legal name change, completes and signs Form 10-L, and is registered within the precinct, the voter’s name on the photo ID may be different from the voter’s reported change of name.
If you do not have any of the above forms of identification at the time of casting your ballot, you may cast a provisional ballot. You will be given follow up instructions to ensure that your vote is counted.
Voting by Mail
Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in any election from the convenience of their own home by requesting an absentee ballot. Voters must fill out and return an application to vote by mail and their absentee ballot will be mailed to them. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is seven days before the election in which you want to vote, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time and send your application as soon as possible if you choose to vote by mail!
STEP 1: Print/Request an absentee ballot request form
OPTION 1: PRINT YOUR REQUEST FORM AND MAIL IT TO YOUR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
OPTION 2: HAVE AN APPLICATION MAILED TO YOU BY YOUR BOARD OF ELECTIONS
STEP 2: Complete the absentee ballot application and double check to make sure all the information is correct and that you signed it.
STEP 3: Mail or personally deliver the absentee ballot request form back to your local county board of elections.
STEP 4: Wait to receive your mail ballot package in the mail from your county board of elections. Make sure to follow the directions carefully to fill out and return your ballot.
STEP 5: Return your voted ballot.
OPTION 1: Personally deliver your ballot to the county Board of Elections. If your ballot is not postmarked it must be received by the Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on Election Day. If you don't want to walk it inside you can put it in the Drop Box. DO NOT RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO YOUR LOCAL POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY.
- OPTION 2: Return your ballot in the mail, in which it must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and received no later than the fourth day after Election Day.
PRO TIP: DON'T DELAY REQUESTING AND/OR SENDING BACK YOUR MAIL BALLOT. You can request a ballot up to 90 days before an election. Ballots begin to be mailed out just after the Voter Registration deadline for that election.
PRO TIP: You DO NOT need a photo ID to cast your ballot by mail. You can use the last four digits of your social security number as a form of identity when requesting and casting your ballot by mail.
Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters can vote early at their local county Board of Elections office or a designated Early Vote Center.
Click here for Ohio’s statewide voting schedule and check here for the contact information and address of your county Board of Elections.