The deadline to register vote in Ohio is: Postmarked 30 days before the election.
You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election
- You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
- You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
- You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws
Note: You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.
Register to vote now!
To check the status of your voter registration, click here.
When can I vote in Ohio?
Early Voting InformationIn-person early voting available? Yes
By mail early voting available? Yes
All Ohio voters have an opportunity to vote in-person before Election Day. Early voting is available on weekdays - beginning 35 days before the election and ending the day before the election* - at your county elections office or designated early voting location. Click here to find out where to go.
All Ohio voters can vote early by absentee ballot too.
You can request an absentee ballot online or by mail up until noon on the 3rd day before the election (usually a Saturday). Voted ballots must be returned to your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election. You cannot fax or e-mail a voted ballot. For more information, click here.
*Due to a recent directive from Secretary of State Husted, early voting has been extended to the final three days before the election.
Voting Hours on Election DayThe polls are open from:
6:30am to 7:30pm
Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.
What do you need to bring?
In order to vote in Ohio, you must bring acceptable identification to the polls. Acceptable identification includes:
- A current and valid photo identification (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address (does not need to be current address for driver’s license or state id card).
- A current and valid military identification that shows the voter’s name. (Does not need to show address)
- A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).
**Voting early? If you've voted in a federal election in OH before, you'll just need to give the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you're a first time voter, you'll need to present one of the forms of identification above.
For more information, contact your state election office.