Are you ready to vote in 2021? Your vote is your voice… and your voice matters. To vote, you first must register to vote. Get ready to cast your ballot and make your voice heard. Links are available to check your registration, where you vote and other valuable information! At this point, we do not know how COVID-19 may affect 2021 elections. Procedures may change. Please be aware of all deadlines! Information will be updated as it becomes available! BE PREPARED! STAY HOME! STAY SAFE! MASK UP WHEN OUT! VOTE ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL!
The 2021 Election Cycle will include city/township/village councils, school boards and judicial seats. Election Day, Voter Registration Deadlines, Early/Absentee/Ballot By Mail and Early Voting hours for the 2021 election cycle. Additional 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.
ARE YOU READY TO VOTE IN 2021?
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Ohio Voter Eligibility and Residency Requirements
17 year olds may register to vote 30 days prior to an election.
If you will be 18 on or before the May 4, 2021, Primary Election,
you may vote in the Primary Election and the November 2, 2021, General Election.
Check your registration. Am I registered to vote?
Am I registered under my correct name?
Am I registered at the right address?
Update your name and/or Ohio voting address (Online)
Where do I vote?
What do I need to bring with me to vote?
2021 ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS
Friday, January 1, 2021
Applications for absentee ballots for
2021 elections may be accepted (first day of the year)
To receive your ballot by mail, please print absentee ballot request form.
(NOTE: Absentee Ballot Request Form MUST be printed and signed.)
Then mail or drop off your request form to
your local county board of elections office.
2021 VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Voter Registration Deadline for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Primary Election:
Monday, April 5, 2021 | Local County Board of Elections
Voter Registration Deadline for Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Special Election:
(NOTE: Please check with your local county board of elections
if a Special Election will be held.)
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 | Local County Board of Elections
Voter Registration Deadline for Tuesday, November 2, 2021 General Election:
Monday, October 4, 2021 | Local County Board of Elections
BE PREPARED! STAY HOME! BE SAFE!
ENSURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
Primary Election – Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Special Election – Tuesday, August 3, 2021
(NOTE: Check with your local county board of elections
if a Special Election is scheduled.)
General Election – November 2, 2021
To Vote Absentee/Early/Ballot By Mail,
you must submit an Absentee Ballot Application for EACH election.
To print out an Absentee Ballot Application to vote by mail,
please visit here.
NOTE: You must print out the application, sign it
and mail it back to or dropoff at your
local county board of elections.
You may call your local county board of elections
to have an application mailed to you.
Your ballot will be mailed to you on the following dates for each election scheduled.
In addition, Early/Absentee In-Person Voting begins on the following dates.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 for May 4, 2021 Primary Election
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 for August 3, 2021 Special Election
(NOTE: If a Special Election is scheduled)
Monday, October 4, 2021 for November 2, 2021 General Election
In-Person Early Voting Hours
NOTE: Will be posted as soon as Secretary of State
releases information for each election scheduled.
Ballot By Mail/Absentee Ballots
NOTE: It is recommended that you take your ballot envelope
into the Post Office to have the postal clerk
manually postmark the envelope.
If the envelope is not properly postmarked or
have the correct amount of postage on the envelope,
your ballot will not be counted.
Must be dropped off at your local county board of elections
no later than 7:30pm on Election Day.
Call your local county board of elections
for location of drop box.
On Election Day, voters must vote at their precinct site
If you are not sure where you vote, please visit here.
Polls open at 6:30am – 7:30pm
If any questions, please contact your
local county board of elections.
If you still have questions,
please contact Ohio Voter Protection Team:
You have the RIGHT to vote!
Did you request, vote and mail your Absentee Ballot By Mail
back to your local county board of elections?
Check your ballot status with your local county board of elections.
You may mail your ballot back to your
local county board of elections.
you may dropoff your ballot at your
local county board of elections.
See instructions above.
ALERT: PURGING OF VOTERS
Even though it is your right to decide when you want to vote,
more than 1.7 million Ohio voters were removed from voter registration files
by local county boards of elections because of inactivity.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged voters because they chose not to vote.
Were you one of the 1.7 million purged?
If you arrive at your polling place and
cannot be found in the poll book,
thanks to an ACLU of Ohio court victory,
you may cast a provisional ballot.
Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot.
If any problems should arise, please call your
local county board of elections immediately.
If you are unable to vote in person
because you have a documented disability
that prevents you from appearing at the polls,
call your local county board of elections
right away to request help casting your provisional ballot.
Vote in the comfort of your home?
Request your ballot by mail!
You can do so now!
As of January 1 of every year, all Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in every election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You MUST request your ballot for, complete and submit a separate application for each election in which you want to vote. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.
Steps to request and vote an absentee ballot:
- Complete the absentee ballot request form.
- Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it.
- Mail the request form back to your own 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 local 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 local 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 your local county board of elections no later than seven (7) days after the election.
Note: Make sure your ballot is counted!
No voted ballot may be returned to a board of elections by fax or e-mail. No voted ballot may be returned to a voting precinct on Election. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail or returned to a voting precinct on Election Day, it will not be accepted, processed, or counted.
If you mail your ballot back to your board of elections, take your ballot envelope into your local post office, hand it to the postal clerk and ask to have it postmarked.
NOTE: You can check to ensure your ballot was received and will be counted by your local county board of elections. If any questions about your ballot, please contact your local county board of elections.
In Ohio, voters have many options to vote. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their local county board of elections. Hours for early voting are posted above.
Other Absentee Ballot Forms:
- Download Application for Absent Voter’s Ballot due to Voter Hospitalized, or Whose Minor Child is Hospitalized, Because of an Accident or Unforeseeable Medical Emergency (Form 11-B)
- Download the Application for Absent Voter’s Ballot by Voter Requiring Assistance (Form 11-F)
- Federal Voting Assistance Program Absentee Ballot Request for Uniformed Service Members, Their Families and Other Overseas U.S. Citizens (FVAP)
- Download Form in Spanish /En Español
Top 10 reasons to vote
10. It’s your right, not a privilege.
Someone paid the price for your right to vote. Use it.
9. It’s your community.
Your neighbors, family, friends are depending on you.
8. It’s your life.
Even if politics seem far away from you, it affects your daily life –
(i.e. local/state taxes, school levies).
7. It’s your education.
From school funding to college grants to job training,
state and federal governments make budget decisions
that have a direct impact on your ability to learn and earn.
6. It’s your body.
From policy to reproductive rights,
the wrong government policies can literally cost you your life.
5. It’s your job.
A raise in the minimum wage, pay equity,
and the right to a union are all being decided now.
4. It’s your environment.
You can vote to invest
in transportation and sustainable energy for our planet.
3. It’s your retirement.
Help make sure that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
and pension plans will be there for you.
2. It’s your voice.
Collective action starts with voting.
Politicians listen to demands from communities with high voter turnout.
1. Your one vote can make a difference.
75 Ohio races have tied or been decided by a one-vote margin
over the past two years.
One mayoral race, two city council races, one road levy
and a local bond issue made up the closest races
in the May 2015 Primary and Special Election.
One race, in North Ridgeville, Ohio, had to be decided
by the Lorain County Board of Elections with a coin flip.
Republicans want you to stay home
as they continue their attempt to keep people from voting.
Read several articles below on voter suppression:
Voter Suppression During the 2018 Mid-Term Elections | Center for American Progress
Voter Suppression is the New Old Normal | The Atlantic
New Voting Restrictions in America | Brennan Center For Justice
Voter Suppression is a Looming Threat in 2020 Elections | Rewire.news
Any questions about:
when elections are scheduled
filing as a candidate
campaign finance report
other election related topics
please contact your local county board of elections.