Voting in Ohio
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Ohio, contact the state election agency.
You are eligible to vote in Ohio if:
—Ohio Secretary of State
When and where
You may register to vote in person or by mail. Registration must be completed at least 28 days prior to the election. You can obtain an application and register to vote in any of the following locations:
—Ohio Secretary of State
As of May 2015, Ohio is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. However, voter information can be edited online in the event that a voter moves into a new district.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
On Election Day at the polling place, Ohio law requires that every voter announce his or her full name and current address. Additionally, voters must provide some form of identification. A photo ID is not required.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
Ohio is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until Election Day, when they request a party's ballot.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Ohio. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
Absentee ballots may be requested for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. The request must be received by the local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked at least one day before Election Day and received by the elections board no later than 10 days after the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Ohio is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends the day prior to Election Day.
2014 and 2015 developments
On February 21, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills that altered the state's early and absentee voting provisions. Senate Bill 238 eliminated "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day, and shortened the early voting period by a week. Under Senate Bill 205, the Secretary of State will be required to get funding approval from the legislature before mailing absentee ballot applications statewide.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald denounced the bills as "outrageous and unnecessary and totally motivated by a desire to make it tougher to vote." He also indicated that he had directed his county law director to review the bills for possible legal action.
The bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials has said that allowing individuals to both register and vote on the same day results in difficulties in properly validating voters.
Senate Bill 238 was subject to a lengthy legal challenge. On April 17, 2015, the parties involved agreed to a settlement. The terms of the settlement included the restoration of one day of voting on Sunday, additional weekday evening voting hours, and the elimination of "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day."
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Ohio.
- Ohio 30-Day Voter Eligibility, Issue 1 (1977)
- Ohio Ballot Board Amendment, Issue 1 (June 1978)
- Ohio Ballot Measure Language, Amendment 3 (May 1974)
- Ohio Biennial Elections, Amendment 1 (1905)
- Ohio Biennial Elections, Amendment 3 (1889)
- Ohio Compulsory Primaries, Amendment 1 (1926)
- Ohio Declaration of Election Results, Amendment 3 (1976)
- Ohio Delegates for National Political Party Conventions, Amendment 7 (1975)
- Ohio Election Day for County Officers, Amendment 3 (October 1885)
- Ohio Election Day for Members of the General Assembly, Amendment 1 (October 1885)
- Ohio Election Day for State Officers, Amendment 2 (October 1885)
- Ohio Election of Militia Officers, Amendment 4 (1953)
- Ohio Elections of Members of the General Assembly, Amendment 2 (October 1879)
- Ohio Elections of State Officers, Amendment 3 (October 1879)
- Ohio Elections of Township Trustees, Amendment 4 (October 1879)
- Ohio End the Direct Election of Appellate Judges, Issue 3 (1987)
- Ohio Individual Voting for Candidates, Amendment 2 (1949)
- Ohio Initiative Limitations, Amendment 4 (1915)
- Ohio Issue 2, No-Excuse Absentee Voting Act (2005)
- Ohio Issue 3, Campaign Finance Reform Act (2005)
- Ohio Issue 3, Election of Members of the Public Utilities Commission (1982)
- Ohio Issue 4, Copies of Proposed Charters Made Available to Voters (June 1980)
- Ohio Issue 5, State Election Board Act (2005)
- Ohio Joint Election of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Amendment 1, (June 1976)
- Ohio Newspaper Notification of Proposed Amendments, Amendment 1 (1971)
- Ohio Notice for Municipal Charters, Amendment 3 (1970)
- Ohio Primary Elections, Amendment 26 (September 1912)
- Ohio Qualifications for Casting a Presidential Vote, Amendment 2 (1957)
- Ohio Qualifications for Holding Office, Amendment 3 (May 1973)
- Ohio Qualifications of Electors, Amendment 4 (June 1976)
- Ohio Rotation of Candidate Names on Ballots, Amendment 6 (1975)
- Ohio Short Ballot for County and Township Officers, Amendment 2 (1913)
- Ohio Short Ballot for State Officers, Amendment 1 (1913)
- Ohio Short Term Elections for State Officer Vacancies, Amendment 2 (1969)
- Ohio Terms of Office and Vacancies, Amendment 5 (June 1976)
- Ohio Voter Bill of Rights Amendment (2015)
- Ohio Voter Residency Requirement, Amendment 2 (1970)
- Ohio Voting Age, Amendment 1 (1969)
- Ohio Voting Machine Use, Amendment 25 (September 1912)
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Ohio voting."
- Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
Elections in Ohio
- Ohio elections, 2016
- Ohio elections, 2015
- Ohio elections, 2014
- Ohio elections, 2013
- Ohio elections, 2012
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2012 Ohio Voter Information Guide," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Online Voter Registration," December 10, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Voter Identification," accessed June 10, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions about General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Voting Absentee by Mail," accessed December 16, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Voting Early in Person," accessed December 16, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Kasich signs both elections bills; 'livid' FitzGerald may take action," February 22, 2014
- MSNBC, "Settlement reverses some cuts to Ohio early voting," April 17, 2015
State of Ohio
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