League of Women Voters



Ohio Absentee Ballot Process

A qualified Ohio voter does not have to state a reason to vote by an absentee ballot, and a voter with only a Social Security number or an Ohio license number as identification can cast a regular ballot. However, the ballot must be applied for in writing. If you are properly registered to vote, you submit your written request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. Your request must contain certain information (discussed below) and your original signature.

Ohio Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Primary). The registration deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Ohio ID Needed for Voting

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

Ohio Early Voting

Early voting starts 27 days before the election. All registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or voting center as designated by the county. For specific information on times and locations contact your board of elections.

Ohio Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is 30 days before the election.

Ohio Verify Registration Status

To verify your voter registration status, please use your state's voter verification tool. For additional information, please contact your elections office or board of elections for your county, city or state.

Ohio Campaign Finance

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Ohio Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource. If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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