How to vote in Ohio

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Ohio allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Ohio offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Ohio. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Ohio can look up where to vote on Ohio's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Ohio voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Wednesday, October 10 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will need to show ID to vote in Ohio. Acceptable forms include: an unexpired Ohio driver's license or state ID card; a military ID; a photo ID issued by the US government or the State of Ohio, that contains your name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed; or a current utility bill (within the last 12 months), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows your name and current address.
  • Voters without ID: If you do not provide one of these documents, you will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the your Social Security number and casting a provisional ballot. If you do not provide ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, November 3.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

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.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 10 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, November 3.

Election contact information for Ohio

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

Phone Number:
(614) 466-2585