The deadline to register to vote is October 11. Remember, you must be registered to vote, and if your name or address has changed since you last voted, you must complete a voter registration form. 

Golden Week is no longer canceled by Federal courts. You are now able to register to vote and vote in-person at the same time from October 3 to October 11 after a court decision on 5/24/2016.

Vote by mail starting October 3.  Request an absentee ballot from your local Board of Elections. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7 or delivered in person to your local BOE by 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Vote early in-person from October 3 through November 7.  Check with your local Board of Elections for hours and locations.

Vote in-person on Election Day on November 8 from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Contact your local BOE for your neighborhood voting location.

ID Requirements:

  • Voter ID varies depending on how you vote.  If you vote in- person absentee or by mail, a driver's license number, a state ID number or the last four digits of your social security number are acceptable. 
  • On Election Day, you must present a driver’s license, a state ID, or a copy of one of the following that shows your current address: utility bill, bank statement, pay stub, government check, or government document.

Changes in the law from 2012

*HB 194, which contained many election law changes, was repealed, while a separate bill containing photo ID requirements did not pass. 
*HB 224 resulted in the closure of weekend-before-election voting. This was overturned by court order.
*HB 216
removes provisions that allow voters to cast provisional ballots of they are unable to provide required I.D. or last 4 digits of their Social Security Number. It also decreases from 10 to 7 the amount of days a provisional voter is given to confirm their identity to the Board of Elections. This was ruled as unconstituional on 6/7/2016.
*Golden Week
was restored on 5/24/2016.

For more about OhioVOTES, visit our website,, or call 614-280-1984, ext. 25 

For more about the League of Women Voters of Ohio, visit, or call 614-469-1505

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