In 2017 the General Election is being held on Tuesday, November 7. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. This is your chance to vote to vote for municipal and township offices and members of boards of education--local candidates of your choice. There also may be issues on your state and local ballot. Check with your local board of elections for more information on these issues as the time for election draws nearer. Don't know where you vote on Election Day? Find out here. Whether there is a primary election in your area depends on the races and the candidates filed with your local board of elections.
The VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES for elections in 2017 are:
May 2, 2017 primary election (if applicable) - APRIL 3
November 7 general election - OCTOBER 10
If you have moved, you may update your voter registration record online here.
For NEW registrations or to use a paper form, you can download a voter registration form here.
Registration Deadlines for 2017
By law, the deadline to register to vote or make registration changes is 30 days before an election (ORC 3503.19).
Registrations for any May 2 Primary election must be dropped off to the board of elections office or post marked no later than April 3, 2017.
Registrations for any August 8 Special election must be dropped off to the board of elections office or post marked no later than July 10, 2017.
Registrations for November General must be dropped off to the board of elections office or post marked no later than October 10, 2016.
Voters with Disabilities
Disability Rights Ohio is dedicated to making voting as accessible as possible for those with disabilities. Important information from state and national sources about your rights and the help available to you can be found here
Voter Identification Requirements
Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.
FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION
The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:
- An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
- A military identification;
- A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
- An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
- An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.
For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months. “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill. “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts. “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.
If you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
If you do not provide one of the above documents or your driver’s license/state identification number 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.