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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Ohio.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Scheduled Elections In Ohio

DateElection
May 8,2018 2018 May 8 Primary Election Day
November 6,2018 2018 November 6 General Election

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 May 8 Primary Election Day -- Date: May 8,2018
Deadlines
April 9, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Deadline for voter registration for May 8 primary election
May 5, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for May 8 primary election must be received by boards of elections by noon
May 18, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline :Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 7 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted
May 18, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens:UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after primary election)
2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018
Deadlines
October 9, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 6 general election
October 12, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote
October 31, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline:Deadline to request absentee ballot by 5 p.m.
November 1, 2018 Early Voting begins:Early voting begins 8 AM - 6 PM
November 3, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for Nov. 6 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before general election)
November 3, 2018 Early Voting ends:Early voting ends 9 AM - 2 PM
November 6, 2018 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 16, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens:UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted (10 days after general election)
November 16, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted

The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 6:30 AM to 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.

Am I Eligible To Vote in Ohio?

To register to vote in the State of Ohio, an individual must meet the following qualifications
  • You are a citizen of the United States;
  • You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before November, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18);
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
  • You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States;
  • You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
  • You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.
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