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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Ohio.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Ohio.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 5th at noon.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the ID envelope. You must also include your in-state ID number and social security number. You may also enclose a copy of your valid in-state photo ID in place of writing the numbers on the statement. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.
If you vote in person you must present a valid photo ID.
If you vote by mail, you must provide your in-state ID number or proof of residence with the application. Then, when you submit your ballot you must write your ID number and social security number on the return envelope. When returning the ballot, you do not need to provide ID again, but the signature on the ballot must match the signature on the voter registration form.
Click here for on qualifying photo ID.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.
Yes, but you may be required to vote by a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting at all!
Ohio does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You may cure your ballot until the 7th day after Election Day.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
Ohio voters must show ID at the polls to vote.
Acceptable IDs include:
If the voter uses any of the below forms of ID they must provide an original or copy, with the voter’s name and current address. The document must be dated within the last 12 months:
A voter may cast a provisional ballot if they lack the necessary ID.
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Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
To vote in person absentee you request, fill out, and return your ballot at designated early voting locations.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Ohio, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can vote in the Ohio primaries if you are 17 by the next election.