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Register to vote in Ohio

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Ohio voter registration guide

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Ohio voter registration deadlines

  • Register to vote (online): Received by October 5, 2020
  • Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by October 5, 2020
  • Register to vote (in person): Received by October 5, 2020

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.
  • If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

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 18 years old by the next General Election
  • be a resident of Ohio for the 30 days before Election Day
  • not be incarcerated for a felony conviction. If you have been convicted of violating Ohio's election laws three or more times, you must receive a pardon in order to be eligible to vote.
  • not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court

Register to vote online in Ohio

  • You must include your Ohio driver's license number or Ohio state ID number and the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
  • Visit the Ohio online voter registration tool.
  • Fill out all the required fields.
  • You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
  • You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your Local Election Office.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is received by October 5, 2020.

Register to vote by mail in Ohio

  1. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. 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.
  6. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
  7. Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 5, 2020

Register to vote in person in Ohio

  1. Contact your Local Election Office to find where to register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your Ohio driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Local Election Office

Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions about Ohio voter registration.

Statewide election office

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  
Elections Division  
180 E. Broad Street - 15th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215