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Ohio

Population

11,689,100

Voting-Age Pop.

8,797,915

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 44 %
Trump 52 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

All Ohio voters whose registration information is up-to-date have the opportunity to vote in any election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot.

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  • No, residents of Ohio must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of Ohio must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is three days before the election in which you want to vote, by noon.

Request by: Oct 31, 12pm

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is three days before the election in which you want to vote, by noon.

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  • At this time, the Ohio secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


    If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county board of elections.

When will I receive my ballot?

At this time, the Ohio secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county board of elections.

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  • The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be received by your county board of elections before 7:30pm on Election Day.

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The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be received by your county board of elections before 7:30pm on Election Day.

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  • The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

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The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

All registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center. Early in-person voting begins Oct 6 and includes the two Saturdays (Oct 24 & 31), two Sundays (Oct 25 & Nov 1) and the Monday (Nov 2) before Election Day.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

The general election registration deadline is Oct 5.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

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. If you do not have any of the forms of required ID, you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.state.oh.us

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Military Identification

  • Photo Identification Issued by the US Government

    That contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed

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  • 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

  • Photo Identification

    Issued by the State of Ohio, containing the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed

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  • Original or Copy of Current Utility Bill

    With the voter’s name and present address

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  • Original or Copy of Current Bank Statement

    With the voter’s name and present address

  • Original or Copy of Current Government Check

    With the voter’s name and present address

  • Original or Copy of Current Paycheck

    With the voter’s name and present address

  • Original or Copy of 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


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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