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Ohio: Voter Guide

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

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Voting Qualifications

Not have been permanently denied the right to vote for violations of election laws
Not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
Not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
Be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
30 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Received 30 days before Election Day
Online - 
30 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 3 days or more before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 10 days after Election Day
In Person - 
Voted ballot due by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day
In Person - 
Between 1 and 29 days before Election Day

More Information

Under Ohio election law, you declare your political affiliation by requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election. If you do not desire to affiliate with a political party in Ohio, you are considered to be an unaffiliated voter and may vote the Official Questions & Issues Ballot, if there is one for your precinct at the election.

Any registered Ohio voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote absentee.

If you are voting in person in Ohio, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or ID
  • A military ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check that includes your name and current address
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

Forms of ID that are not accepted:

  • Driver’s license or photo identification card issued by a state other than Ohio;
  • Social Security card;
  • Passport;
  • 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.