Your vote is your voice… and your voice matters. Get ready to cast your ballot and make your voice heard.
Election Day, Voter Registration Deadlines and Early Voting for the 2017 elections cycle. In addition, special elections may be scheduled. Are you interested in voting from the comfort of your home? Please contact your local county board of elections for any specific elections information.
2017 Absentee Ballot Requests
2017 Voter Registration
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Applications for absentee ballots for
2017 elections may be accepted (first day of the year)
Monday, April 3, 2017
Deadline for Voter Registration for Primary/Special Election
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Primary/Special Election Day
Monday, July 10, 2017
Deadline for Voter Registration for Special Election
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Special Election Day
(Check with your county board of elections
if Special Election is scheduled)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Deadline for Voter Registration for General Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – General Election Day
November 2017 General Election – Early/Absentee Voting Hours
First Day for Ballots by Mail to be mailed via USPS: Tuesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday-Friday, October 11-13, 2017 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday-Friday, October 16-20, 2017 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday-Friday, October 23-27, 2017 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday-Friday, October 30-November 3, 2017 | 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8:00 am-4:00pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 1:00 pm-5:00pm
Monday, November 6, 2017 | 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Be ready for the 2017 Election Cycle!
STEP 1: Get Registered
The deadline to register to vote will be posted for each election above as soon as released by the Ohio Secretary of State.
You can register to vote by the following means:
- In person: You can apply in person to register to vote at any county board of elections office. Click here to find your county board of elections office. You can also register in person at any of the following locations:
- The Ohio Secretary of State’s office;
- BMV or Deputy Registrars;
- The Department of Job and Family Services;
- The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program);
- The Department of Mental Health;
- The Department of Developmental Disabilities;
- The Rehabilitation Services Commission, or any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students
- Any county treasurer’s office
- Any public high school or vocational school; or
- Any public library.
- By mail: You can apply by mail by downloading the Ohio Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your county board of elections office.
- Online: Online voter registration is not currently available in Ohio. However, you can update your current voter registration online. Click here to update your voter registration online.
STEP 2: Bring your ID
If you vote in person, during the early voting period or on Election Day, you will be asked to present identification. Ohio accepts a wide variety of documents for voter ID purposes:
- A driver’s license or state ID card with your name and photo, issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The card must be current, but it can have an old address if registration is up to date.
- A U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (address not required).
- A government ID with your name, current address and photo. (Note that student ID is not accepted.)
- An original or copy of one of the following current documents that shows your name and current address: utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, pay stub, government check, or other government document.
The document must have a date within one year of Election Day to be accepted as current.
Important! If you do not have a photo ID, you CAN still vote via provisional ballot by by providing the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
STEP 3: Vote
Check with your local county board of elections to confirm when elections will be held specifically in your county – is your county going to be holding any Special Elections besides Primary and General Elections?
You can choose how you want to vote — Vote Early, Vote on Election Day or Vote By Mail.
In-person early voting is open to every registered Ohio voter. Contact your county board of elections for early voting locations, dates and times.
Vote On Election Day
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Important! If you are in line at 7:30 p.m., you will be permitted to vote.
Vote By Mail
In Ohio, any registered voter can vote by mail.
You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. Important! You must complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote. Ballots by Mail will then be mailed to you via United States Post Office the day after voter registration deadline for each election.
- Complete the absentee ballot request form.
- Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information, print and sign it.
- Drop off or mail the request form back to your county board of elections.
- Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call your county board of elections.
- Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.
Note: No voted ballot may be returned to a county board of elections by fax or email. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or email, it will not be accepted, processed or counted.
Military and overseas voters: Visit here for information on how to vote from abroad.
ALERT: PURGING OF VOTERS ILLEGAL
News Release from the ACLU of Ohio:
Hundreds of thousands of people were removed from voter registration lists because of inactivity. In Erie County alone, 7,110 voters were purged in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Were you one of them?
To check your voter registration before the next election, go to www.MyOhioVote.com.
If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book, thanks to a recent ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot. Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot. Read our voter alert with all the information.
If you are unable to vote in person because you have a documented disability that prevents you from appearing at the polls, call your county board of elections right away to request help casting your provisional ballot.
Remember: Voting is your right.
OWN YOUR VOTE
If you have more questions about voting, find answers at www.MyOhioVote.com.