Voting Options

Voting 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, or use the voter lookup tool available on the Secretary of State’s website,
  • Remember to bring an acceptable form of identification to the polls on Election Day.

Acceptable Form of Identification Examples

    • 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.

Absentee Voting by Mail

If you are a qualified Ohio voter and your registration is up to date, you are eligible to cast an absentee ballot. * (see further down)

  • Absentee voting begins 35 days before Election Day.
  • You must request  no later than noon on the Saturday before an election that an absentee ballot be mailed to you, though you should request an absentee ballot as early as possible to have time to receive, vote and return your ballot.
  • Absentee ballot applications are available from our website. Follow the instructions to Print Your Absentee Request and mail it in.
  • You may also download a request form at

Once you receive your absentee ballot, vote your ballot and seal it in the completed and signed identification envelope provided.

You may  return the ballot either:

  • By mail (must be postmarked no later than the day before the election)
  • Or in person to your county board office (must be received by your board of elections prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day).

In-Person Absentee Voting

Starting 35 days before the election, you may cast your absentee ballot in person at your county board of elections. In-person absentee voting ends the Friday before the Election at 6:00 PM.

* What is a Qualified Ohio Voter?

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States;
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before November 8, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18);
  3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
  4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States;
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.