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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Ohio, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Ohio Election Website or call (614) 466-2585 to learn more about your states voting details.

Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Don’t miss your next election!

In Ohio,  local general elections will be held on November 2nd throughout the state.  Primary elections to may be held on May 4th, check with your city or town to get complete local details.

Your voter registration application must be postmarked, hand delivered, or submitted online by April 5th. You can vote in person with an absentee ballot at your county elections office, on Election Day, or vote by mail in Ohio.

Your polling place hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Presidential Primaries

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in a primary. See Ohio Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: April 6th to May 3rd

You can vote in person at your county election office from April 6th to May 3rd before the election. No excuse required.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than May 1st at noon. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received in person by 7:30 pm on Election Day.

To prepare for the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters in the fall. If you are a new voter in the state or did not receive an application in the mail, you need to request an application directly.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st for general election cycles, and 90 days before for other elections. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.

Voter ID + Access for Ohio

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • First time voters need ID
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
  • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.

Have you been convicted of a felony?

See what the registration laws are in your state below.

Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

Voting and attending college?

Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

College Student Voting Info