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COVID-19 Voting Update: Ohio will be sending out absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter for the general election. Ohio has done this for every general election since 2012. All registered voters are eligible to vote by mail with an absentee ballot without a reason.

[updated September 4, 2020]


Check your registration status:

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Request absentee ballot:

Track your absentee ballot:

Fubd your county board of elections:

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Campus Vote Project:


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Hey Ohio!

Before you can vote, you’ve gotta be registered. If you’re not sure if you’re already registered, you can check using the link in the description.

But if you’re not registered yet, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you’ll need to fill out a registration form. If you have an Ohio driver’s license or state ID you can register online at the link in the description, but if you don’t have an Ohio ID you can still register by mail. You can also pick up a form at your board of election’s office, any BMV office, most social service agencies, public libraries, and high schools if you don’t have access to a printer.

Once you’re registered, there’s a few different ways you can vote. Any Ohio voter can vote absentee, and you don’t even have to leave your house to do it. All you have to do is fill out the form linked in the description and mail it to your county board of elections office so they get it before noon on October 31st.

Though the sooner you do it, the better so you have time to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back or drop it off at your county board of elections office before November 3rd. You can also vote early in person starting October 6th all the way through November 2nd. This is a great option if it’s easier for you to vote on a weekend, or even a Thursday afternoon.

Check your county board of elections’ website to find the early voting hours and locations near you. If you really want that experience of voting on election day, polls are open November 3rd from am to pm and there’s a link below to look up where you need to go to vote. You’ll need to bring an ID with you.

A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID, military ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck with your name and current address on it will all work. You can also go to the link in the description to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in your county. You don’t have to vote for everything on the ballot--you’re allowed to leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be really important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time.

You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget who you wanted to vote for. And one last thing: if you’re gonna vote—open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re gonna register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re gonna use, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description. Thanks for voting.

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