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Register to Vote in Ohio

 How to Register to Vote in Ohio

This article describes How to Register to Vote in Ohio for United States Elections. Ohio offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Ohio by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

How to Register to Vote in Ohio – In-person voter registration

Who can vote

  • To register in Ohio you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Ohio
  • Must be 18 years old on or before election day. If you will be 18 on or before the day of the general election, you may vote in the primary election for candidates only.
  • Should not be convicted of a felony and currently incarcerated
  • Not be found incompetent by a court for purposes of voting

How to Register to Vote in Ohio – Online voter registration

  • Ohio offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need an Ohio ID and a Social Security number to use Ohio’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have an Ohio-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 9.

How to Register to Vote in Ohio – By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Your Social Security number is requested. Providing this number is voluntary. This information allows the Board of Elections to verify your registration if necessary (O.R.C. 3503.14). [Federal law requires that you provide your driver’s license number to register to vote. If you do not have a driver’s license then you will have to provide at least the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either number you will have to write “NONE” on the form and the State will assign you a number.]
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Ohio does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 9.

How to Register to Vote in Ohio – Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Ohio.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Ohio’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9. By mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, October 9.

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