Voting in Ohio
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in Ohio, contact your 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 March 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.
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. Senate Bill 238 reduced the number of voting days from 35 to 29. 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.
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.
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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
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Kasich signs both elections bills; 'livid' FitzGerald may take action," February 22, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Voting Early in Person," accessed December 16, 2013
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