How to register to vote in Ohio

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Ohio offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Ohio by printing a 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.

Who can vote

To register in Ohio you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Ohio
  • 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.
  • not be incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction
  • not be found incompetent by a court for purposes of voting

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.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  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. This information is not required.
  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.

Use the Ohio voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Ohio voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 9.

In-person voter registration

Get step-by-step help

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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.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9.

Election contact information for Ohio

Address:
Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone Number:
(614) 466-2585