– General Information & FAQs

ABSENTEE/EARLY VOTING HOURS for each upcoming election can be found on the ‘NEWS – Meetings & Notices’ page of our website & on the Home Page.

Am I Registered to Vote?

Click the above link. Enter last name & date of birth only.

Or, call the Board of Elections – 419-898-3071.

Voter Registration Qualifications

(Click above link for voter qualifications)

Where to Receive and Submit Your Voter Registration Form:

  • Register online at :
  • Any county board of elections- in person or by US mail
  • The Ohio Secretary of State’s office
  • BMV or Deputy Registrars
  • Office of designated agencies, including Department of Job & Family Services, Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program), Department of Mental Health, Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Rehabilitation Services Commission
  • Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students
  • Any county treasurer’s or Clerk of Courts office
  • Any public high school or vocational school
  • Any public library

If you are updating your current Ohio voter registration and returning your completed change of name and/or address form by U.S. Mail, you must send it to your county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s Office.  If you already registered within the state of Ohio and need to update your address, you may also update online at


Your properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked or received by the 30th day before the election in which you wish to vote.  If the voter registration deadline falls on a day when offices of the Secretary of State and county board of elections are closed, the deadline is extended to the succeeding business day when the office is open.

May I change my party affiliation?

Yes, click here for details.

What to bring to vote:

Voters must bring photo identification to the polls in order to verify identity.  Acceptable forms of identification have changed. Passage of House Bill 458 states:

“Ohio House Bill 458 requires photo identification to vote in Ohio elections.  Examples of the required ID are Ohio Driver’s License, Ohio State Issued ID, Passport, US Military ID, Ohio National Guard ID, and US Veterans Affairs ID.”

Click here to see acceptable IDs.

Voters who do not provide one of the documents above will be able to cast a provisional ballot (R.C. 3505.181).

How do I obtain an acceptable ID?

Click here for more information on getting a free ID from the BMV.

For more information about registering and voting in Ohio, please access online information at , or call toll-free (877) SOS-OHIO (767-6446).

Does a POWER OF ATTORNEY work for voting at the Board of Elections?  

No, but if a voter wishes to assign someone as their Attorney in Fact, which is specifically for voting, Form #10-F must be filed with the Board of Elections in the county where the voter is registered to vote.   Form #10-F can be printed off here or obtained at your local Board of Elections office. 

Are Absentee Ballots counted?

Yes, All valid absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day, whether
returned in person or by mail, must be included in the unofficial canvass on Election Day.

What election is this?

Primaries are in the spring

Specials are in August

Generals are in November

Where may I find a SAMPLE BALLOT?

On the Home page of this website; click on VoterView. Enter only your last name and date of birth.

When can I request an Absentee Ballot?

Voters may submit applications to receive an absentee ballot by mail beginning January 1st of the election year. An application may be printed here or call the office to have an application mailed : 419-898-3071.

May I vote at the Board of Elections on Election Day?

No, you must vote at your precinct polling location on Election Day.

May I drop off my Absentee Ballot at my Polling Location on Election Day?

No, a voter may deliver the absentee ballot personally or have a family
member deliver the absentee ballot by the close of polls on Election Day at
the office of the board of elections only. No one may return a voted absentee
ballot to a precinct polling location.

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