Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your Ohio driver’s license number. If you don't have one, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don’t have either number, write "NONE" in this space.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: You do not need to register with a party in order to take part in that party’s primary election. Party affiliation is established by voting at a primary election.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 5, 2020
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Ohio elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State of Ohio
180 E. Broad Street - 15th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio vote by mail guide
Ohio vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
All registered Ohio voters will receive a vote by mailballot application ahead of the November 3, 2020 election.
Ohio vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 31, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Ohio vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Ohio vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, every registered voter will receive an mail-in ballot application in the mail.
Any registered Ohio voter can request a vote by mail ballot.
For the November 3, 2020 election, all county board of election offices will have vote by mail ballot drop off boxes.
Ohio vote by mail ID requirements (request)
To request a ballot, you must include your Ohio driver's license number, the last 4 digits of your social security number, or a valid government-issued document with your name and address, such as a utility bill.
Ohio vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You must include your Ohio driver's license number, the last 4 digits of your social security number, or a valid, government-issued document with your name and address, such as a utility bill, with your voted ballot.
Ohio vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: