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Ohio voter registration guide

Last updated: May 20, 2020
  • You can register to vote in-person.
  • You can register to vote online in Ohio.
  • You can register to vote by-mail in Ohio.
  • Military and overseas voters follow a different process.

Ohio voter registration deadlines

  • In-person: 30 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: 30 days before Election Day
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day

Ohio voter registration rules

In order to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet these requirements:

  • be a citizen of the United States.
  • be at least 18 years old on or before the next general election
  • be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
  • not be currently incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction. If you are an ex-felon and not currently incarcerated, you are eligible to vote in Ohio but you MUST re-register.
  • not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
  • not have been permanently denied the right to vote for violations of election laws.

Register to vote online in Ohio

You will need an Ohio ID and a Social Security number to use Ohio's online voter registration system. If you do not have an Ohio ID, you can still register to vote by mail.

Register to vote by-mail in Ohio

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  6. 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.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be 30 days before Election Day

Double-check your Ohio voter registration status

If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Ohio registration using the Ohio voter registration lookup tool.

Need help registering to vote in Ohio?

Your local election office is responsible for running elections in your area. You should contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote. Mail your voter registration form to your local election office for faster processing.

State election office

This is the state-wide agency that is ultimately responsible for Ohio elections. You can mail your voter registration form to this address. For faster processing, mail your form to your local election office.

Secretary of State of Ohio  
Elections Division  
180 E. Broad Street - 15th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215