Step 1: Register at least 30 days before Election Day
- Check to see if you are already registered. Click here and search for your name.
- To register to vote fill out and print a registration form.
- You may register if you are…
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 18 years old on or before the next general election
- A resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election (your residence is a location you consider your permanent dwelling).
- Not be incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
- You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of the election laws.
- Complete the voter registration form, including all required information noted in the instructions.
- Your name
- Either your driver’s license number OR last four digits of your social security number
- Signature and date
Once you have completed your registration, return it by mail to Allen County Board of Elections, Post Office Box 5008 Lima OH 45802. You will be sent a notice from your county board identifying your voting precinct information and voting location.
You may check your voter information at Allen County’s Board of Elections Website If the search does not return your information, please contact us to check on the status of your registration by calling 419-223-8530.
Your properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked or received by the 30th day before the next election if you want to vote.
Keep Your Registration Updated
If you are registered to vote but have moved within Ohio and/or changed your name, you should update your voter registration at least 30 days prior to the election by…
- Submitting a new registration form with your new residence and/or name change.
- Or using the Online Change of Address System available at www.MyOhioVote.com (for address changes only).
Complete and mail registration to:
Allen County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 5008
Lima, Ohio 45802
Step 2: Choose Your Voting Options
Absentee Voting By Mail:
Vote from the comfort of home by requesting your ballot be mailed to you.
Beginning January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, you may mail your properly-completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon of the third day before the election (usually a Saturday).
To ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot please request as far in advance as possible
- The return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be brought to the board of elections prior to 7:30 p.m. 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 that election. (Note: Ohio’s election law states that “postmarked” does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system, such as a postage meter. Therefore, the return envelope must bear a valid postage cancellation stamp affixed by the U.S. Postal Service.)
- In person: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office either by you or an eligible family member no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted
Early In-Person Absentee Voting:
During the absentee period, you may vote in-person at the Board of Elections located in the Third District Court of Appeals Building at 204 North Main Street, Lima OH 45801. We are located on the Lower Level.
Uniform voting hours have been set throughout the state, including some weekend days, to serve all voters no matter where they live. These hours are always posted on the front page under the Notice of Election for that particular election.
On Election Day:
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location on our website here and don’t forget to bring your ID.
Step 3: Vote
It’s easy to register to vote and with several options for voters beginning 28 days to receive a ballot and cast your vote, it’s easy to vote. The only step left is to actually vote.
Mail in your absentee application and then vote the ballot.
Come In-Person to the Board of Elections during the posted hours and vote in person.
If you like voting on Election Day make sure you know where your polling location is and that you bring a proper form of identification.
How Do I Vote On Election Day?
- Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- You must cast your ballot in your precinct at your polling place.
- To find your precinct and polling place you can call the Board of Elections (419-223-8530), use our Polling Location Lookup.
- Remember to bring an acceptable form of identification to the polls on Election Day.
What Are Acceptable Forms of Identification I May Use At The Polls?
- A current and valid driver’s license or state identification card
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows your name and address
- Current Military identification
- For more information click here.
For Voter I.D. purposes “current” means the document was issued on a date within one year of the election or has on it an expiration date which is after the date of the election.