are qualified to vote if:
- You are a citizen of the
- You are at least 18
years old on or before the day of the general election.
If you will be 18 on or before November 8, you may vote
in the Primary election for candidates only, but not on
issues until you are 18.
- You will be a resident
of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
- You are not incarcerated
(in prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of
the United States, this state or any other state of the
- You have not been
declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate
- You are registered to
vote in Ohio at least 30 consecutive days before the
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How is residence
By law, Your residence is
the place in which your habitation is fixed and to which,
whenever you are absent, you have the intention to return.
If you continuously reside outside of Ohio for a period of
four years or more, you are not a resident of this state for
voter registration purposes, except if you are absent from
Ohio because of federal or state government employment,
including military service.
Can a college
student vote from his/her school address?
Yes, if the student's
school address qualifies as the student's voting residence,
discussed in the previous paragraph. Otherwise, the student
must vote in his/her home community, if registered there.
everyone have to be registered?
for members of the armed forces serving on active duty.
Spouses and dependents who left Ohio to be with the service
member are also exempt.
can I register?
county board of elections or the Secretary of State's
registration offices or locations established by a board
public high school or vocational school.
office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
of designated agencies which provide public assistance
or disability programs.
You may request a registration form from a board of
elections or the Secretary of State s office by mail,
email, telephone, in person, or by having another person obtain
it for you.
After completing the form, return it to the
board of elections or Secretary of State's office by
mail. Also, the form may be returned to the Marion
County Board office in person. You will receive a
card telling you of your precinct, polling location and
registration forms sent to a county board of elections or
the Secretary of State's office must be postmarked
30 days before an election.
forms not mailed in must be received by a
board of elections the Secretary of State's office. public
high school or vocational school public library office of
any Bureau of Motor Vehicles county treasurer's office or
designated agencies 30 days before an election to be valid
for that election.
declare my party affiliation when I register?
No. Under Ohio
law your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you
vote in a primary election.
if I change my address or name?
If you are now
registered and move within the state or same County or
change your name you must report the change to the board of
elections by completing a voter registration form at the
locations stated above or by mail as stated above.
You may also
complete a notice of change in voting status and file it
with the court when you apply for a marriage license or when
your name is changed by court order.
must be sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary
of State's office at least 30 days before an election.
returned by mail should be received by a board of elections,
the Secretary of State's office, a public high school or
vocational school, public library, office of any Bureau of
Motor Vehicles, county treasurer's office or designated
agency at least 30 days before an election. If you do not
report the change by the 30th day before an election, please
read "Exceptions" below.
If you change your name and/or move from one
precinct to another in your county you may report the change
and vote by appearing at the board of elections during the
absentee voting period; or on election day you may go to the
polling place in the precinct in which you reside, the board
of elections or site designated by the board.
If you move
from one county to another in the state, you may report the
change and vote at the Board of Elections in the county in
which you now reside during the absentee voting period, or
on election day at the board of elections or site designated
by the board.
If you vote
under these circumstances, you will vote a provisional
ballot which is similar to an absentee ballot.
of State's office maintains a phone line to provide
information on registration and voting for deaf citizens.
The number is TDD (614) 466-0562.