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Voter Registration: Ohio

COVID 19 Related Changes


If you voted prior to March 17th your ballot is secured behind double locks at your county board of elections and will be counted on April 28th.


 


In-person voting will only occur on April 28 and only at boards of elections early vote centers, not at precinct polling locations. And in-person voting will only be available for individuals with disabilities who require in-person voting and those who do not have a home mailing address.


 


A voter must be properly registered by February 18, 2020. If a voter has moved but did not update their address, the voter may apply for a ballot and will receive a provisional ballot by mail from the board of elections. State law requires registration and address changes for the 2020 primary to be completed by February 18th 2020, so no new address changes or registrations are being accepted for the 2020 primary.


 


Unless you are a member of the U.S. military currently deployed overseas or an American living abroad, ballots must be postmarked by April 27, 2020 and received by the board of elections by May 8, 2020 to be counted in the primary election if the proper information was provided on the identification envelope.





VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: Your properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked or received by the 30th day before the election in which you wish to vote. However, if the voter registration deadline falls on a Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline is extended to the next day that is not a Sunday or a legal holiday. Click here to see the deadlines for upcoming elections. If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.





VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election. If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of Ohio at least 30 days immediately before the election you want to vote in.


Mental Competency: Not declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court


 


Felony Convictions: A person currently serving time in jail or prison for a felony conviction can neither register to vote nor vote. Additionally, a person who has twice been convicted of a violation of Ohio's elections laws is permanently barred from voting in Ohio.


 


An otherwise qualified person convicted of a misdemeanor may vote, and an otherwise qualified person who had been convicted of a felony may register and vote while on probation or parole, or after completing his or her jail or prison sentence.


The voter registration of a person who is incarcerated on a felony conviction is cancelled; once that person has completed his or her jail or prison sentence, or is on probation, parole or community control, he or she must re-register to vote by the registration deadline before voting.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Ohio voter registration


 To register online you will need to provide the following:


*Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number


*Name


*Date of Birth


*Address


*Last four digits of your Social Security number


 


If you do not have any portion of the required information, follow this link to update your voting address using our paper form (PDF). Once you complete this form, you must sign and send it to your county board of elections.


 


You can also register to vote in person. Click here for a full list of locations to register to vote in person. 





VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Ohio voter information lookup





OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Print out an Application for Absent Voter's Ballot (Spanish) and send it to County Board of Elections. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time.


For more information click here.


You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, but you must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.


 


Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may apply for


the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application). Please visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com for more information.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


By U.S. Mail: Return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.


 


In person: You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day. 


 


No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or email. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or email, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.


 


EARLY VOTING


Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter in Ohio may vote early. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center as designated by the county. For more information click here.


 


ELECTION DAY VOTING


On Election Day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.


 


All voters must bring acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.


 


COLLEGE STUDENT VOTERS


A college student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address if the student does not intend to return to a different permanent address. When a college student registers to vote from his or her school address, the school residence is considered to be the place to which the student's habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the student is absent, the student intends to return, and is considered by the student to be his or her permanent residence at the time of voting. Any other previous residence for voting purposes is no longer valid. It is illegal for a person to register and vote from two different addresses. For more information about voting in college, click here.





PROVISIONAL VOTING


A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter's eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at his or her polling place. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast "provisionally" until election officials can verify the voter's eligibility to vote in the particular precinct at that election.


 


There are several scenarios in which a voter may cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot may be used on Election Day if a voter's eligibility is in question, or before (or on) Election Day if a voter has recently changed his or her address and did not update his or her voter registration.


 


Click here for more information.





ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org


Track your Ballot: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/toolkit/ballot-tracking/


Polling Place: Ohio polling place finder


What is going to be on the Ballot?: View Ohio's voting guide online for the next upcoming election.


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