Ohio Voting Guide

General Election Registration Deadline: 30 Days Before Election Day

Toledo registration deadline:  July 6

Columbus registration deadline: October 5

General Elections:

Toledo city election: August 4, 2015

Columbus city election: November 3, 2015

Voter registration forms, polling place locations, and more information can be found at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/Voters.aspx.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Ohio’s voter registration form asks for your Ohio driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you are registering by mail and you include neither an Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must include a copy of: a current and valid photo ID; a military ID; or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or government document that shows your name and current address. Failure to provide this information could lead to you having to show additional identification when you vote that shows your picture or your name and address. Make sure to provide this information on the registration form so the state can verify your identity and you don’t run into issues when you cast your ballot.


What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Those who vote early in person are only required to provide the last four digits of their social security number if they lack an Ohio driver’s license or non-driver ID card.

Those who vote at the polls on Election Day must show one of the following types of ID:

  • Current and valid photo ID issued by the federal government or the State of Ohio (driver’s licenses and non-driver photo IDs issued by the Ohio BMV are acceptable even if the address does not match the address on the voter’s registration.)
  • Military ID that shows the voter’s name.
  • A copy or original of a current utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document (including those issued by a public college or university) that shows the voter’s name and current address (but not a notice of an election or a voter registration notification sent by a Board of Elections).

Colleges and universities may issue students living on campus a current utility bill with a current address that students can use as voter ID. A zero-balance bill indicating that the student has already paid for utilities is acceptable.

A voter without ID will still be able to cast a provisional ballot after swearing to her identity, but must bring ID to the county board of elections within seven days.



Where Do I Vote?

Polling place locator online at http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx through the Secretary of State’s website.

Below are the business hours all boards of election are required to maintain for the purposes of early in-person voting in 2015:


  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: July 7 – 10; July 13 – 17; July 20-24; and July 27-31
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Saturday, August 1
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Sunday, August 2
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Monday, August 3


  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: October 6-9; October 13-16; October 19-23; October 26-30
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Saturday, October 31
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Sunday, November 1
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Monday, October 2


Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!


How Can I Vote?

Early In Person

Registered voters have the right to vote early in person or absentee by mail without an excuse. Early in-person voting begins 28 days before Election Day (Tuesday, July 7 and Tuesday October 6), and runs up to Election Day.

Absentee By Mail

  • An electronic application to vote absentee by mail and a PDF application that may be printed are available at the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Mailed applications must be received by your county board of elections by noon on the third day before the election.
  • The completed absentee ballot must be received by the close of polls on Election Day.

On Election Day

The polls are open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.


This Guide was prepared by FELN staff who are not licensed to practice law in Ohio and FELN intends that the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Ohio legal professional.

Last updated  April 24, 2015