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Upcoming Elections in Ohio

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 8 general election October 11,2016
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : Absentee Vote by Mail, Early Voting Begins,M-F 8am-5pm October 12,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 8 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon November 5,2016
Early Voting ends: Early Voting ends (early voting times and locations vary) November 7,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: 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 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted November 18,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 7 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted November 18,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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

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

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.
  • For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months. “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill. “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts. “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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

3501.32 Hours for polling places.
(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, on the day of the election the polls shall be opened by proclamation by the voting location manager, or in the manager's absence by a voting location manager chosen by the precinct election officials, at six-thirty a.m. and shall be closed by proclamation at seven-thirty p.m. unless there are voters waiting in line to cast their ballots, in which case the polls shall be kept open until such waiting voters have voted.

(B) On the day of the election, any polling place located on an island not connected to the mainland by a highway or a bridge may close earlier than seven-thirty p.m. if all registered voters in the precinct have voted. When a polling place closes under division (B) of this section the voting location manager shall immediately notify the board of elections of the closing.

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

Am I eligible To Vote in Ohio?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Ohio

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Ohio?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Ohio? Click here for more information

What's on Ohio ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Ohio?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Ohio

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Ohio if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Ohio?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Ohio? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote