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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 15, 2016 - Presidential Primary and State Primary Election Day
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
Deadline for voter registration for March 15 presidential primary electionFebruary 16, 2016
Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for March 15 presidential primary election must be received by boards of elections by noonMarch 12, 2016
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 pollsMarch 15, 2016
Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than March 14 and received by boards of elections by this date to be countedMarch 25, 2016
UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be countedMarch 25, 2016
August 2, 2016 - Special Primary Election Day
Deadline for voter registration for Aug. 2 special electionJuly 1, 2016
Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Aug. 2 special election must be received by noon July 30, 2016
Absentee ballots for Aug. 2 special election returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1 and received by boards of elections by this date to be countedAugust 12, 2016
UOCAVA absentee ballots for Aug. 2 special election must be received by boards of elections by this date to be countedAugust 12, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 8 general electionOctober 11, 2016
Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 8 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon November 5, 2016
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 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
UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be countedNovember 18, 2016

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 your polling place and precinct, please contact your county board of elections.

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.

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Ohio Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Ohio 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Ohio. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Ohio's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Ohio US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Ohio US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Rob Portman, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Rob Portman won the election to the United States Senate with 56.9% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Lee Fisher, who came in a distant second with 39.4% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Ohio)

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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.

Important Note:

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