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No employer, his officer or agent, shall discharge or threaten to discharge an elector for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote on election day; or require or order an elector to accompany him to a voting place upon such day; or refuse to permit such elector to serve as an election official on any registration or election day; or indirectly use any force or restraint or threaten to inflict any injury, harm, or loss; or in any other manner practice intimidation in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting for or against any person or question or issue submitted to the voters.

2015 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
January 2015 Dates
Special: Deadline for voter registration for Feb. 3 special election.January 5, 2015
Governor-Elect, John Kasich - Republican, Inauguration DateJanuary 12, 2015
February 2015 Dates
Special Election may be held. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. February 3, 2015
April 2015 Dates
Primary: Deadline for voter registration for May 5 primary/special electionApril 6, 2015
May 2015 Dates
Primary/Special Election Day.Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 5, 2015
July 2015 Dates
Deadline for voter registration for Aug. 4 special electionJuly 6, 2015
August 2015 Dates
Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Aug. 4 special election must be received by noon (3 days before special election)August 1, 2015 -
Special Election may be held. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 4, 2015
Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Aug. 3 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after special election) August 14, 2015 -
UOCAVA absentee ballots for Aug. 4 special election must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after special election) August 14, 2015
General: Write-in candidates for Nov. 3 general election must file declarations of intent by 4 p.m.August 24, 2015 -
September 2015 Dates
General: UOCAVA absentee ballots for Nov. 3 general election must be ready (45 days before general election)September 19, 2015 -
General: Boards of elections must advertise in newspaper(s) the places, dates, times, qualifications, and methods for voter registration (6 weeks before general election)September 22, 2015
October 2015 Dates
General: Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 3 general electionOctober 5, 2015
General: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 3 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before general election)October 31, 2015
November 2015 Dates
General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. November 3, 2015
General: Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the boards of elections by close of polls November 3, 2015
General: UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)November 13, 2015 -
General: Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)November 13, 2015

2016 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
January 2016 Dates
Write-in candidates for March 15 presidential primary election must file declarations of intent by 4 p.m. (72 days before presidential primary election) January 4, 2016 -
Primary: UOCAVA absentee ballots for March 15 presidential primary election must be ready (45 days before presidential primary electionJanuary 30, 2016
March 2016 Dates
Primary Election DayMarch 15, 2016
November 2016 Dates
General Election DayNovember 8, 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us to check your voter registration and/or find your voting precinct and polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Ohio: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM

On Election Day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you do not know where your designated precinct or polling place is located, please contact your county board of elections or click here to search for your polling place online.

Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls

  • Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of the voter's identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:

  • A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
  • A military identification ("military ID"); or
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
  • An original or copy of a current government check; or
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter's name and current address.
A voter presenting an Ohio driver's license that shows the voter's former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the voter's current residential address is printed in the official poll list of registered voters for that precinct. Voters who do not provide one of these documents at the precinct will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot. For Voter I.D. purposes "current" means the document was issued on a date within one year immediately preceding the date of the election at which the voter seeks to vote, or has on it an expiration date which has not passed as of the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.

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