How to vote in my state
Last updated August 30, 2022
Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines
November 8, 2022
Ohio General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
- Received by: October 11, 2022
Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Request Deadline
- In-person request by: Saturday before Election Day
Online request by: November 5, 2022
Completed Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Return Deadline
- Postmarked: November 7, 2022
- In-person received: November 8, 2022
- Post received: November 18, 2022
Early Voting: October 12 – November 7, 2022
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Absentee (Mail-in) Voting
Anyone can request an absentee ballot in Ohio. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
In Ohio, voters have many options to vote. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center as designated by the county.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM local time.
Voter ID Requirements
You must provide a form of identification when voting on Election Day. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
- A military identification;
- A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
- An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
- An original or copy of a current government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.
A current ID is any form of the above from the last 12 months.
Ohio law prohibits acceptance of the following forms of ID:
- Driver’s license or photo identification card issued by a state other than Ohio;
- Social Security card;
- Birth certificate, unless voter still lives at the house where they resided at birth, and the birth certificate contains that home address, in which case this is acceptable as an “other government document”;
- Insurance card; or
- Any registration acknowledgment notice from the county board of elections.
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”
It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.
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