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Elections FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

VOTER REGISTRATION

How do I check if I'm registered?

Visit voteohio.gov to check your registration. If you find your name on the list, congratulations you’re on the rolls!

I have moved since I last voted. What should I do?

If you have moved within Ohio since you last voted, you must go to the polling place where you currently live. Find your polling place at gettothepolls.com. You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot that will be reviewed for counting after Election Day.

I moved from out of state. Is it too late to register to vote in Ohio?

Ohio’s voter registration deadline is October 5, 2020. If you are not already registered to vote in Ohio by this deadline, you can vote a provisional ballot. Unfortunately, it will not count for this election, but it will register you for future elections.

I’m worried that I may have been purged. What should I do?

If it’s been a while since you voted, you should check your registration here. If you do not see your name listed, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. Find your polling place at gettothepolls.com. You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot that will be reviewed for counting after Election Day.

VOTE BY MAIL

I didn't receive my absentee ballot. What should I do?

During early voting (Oct 6-Nov 2),  you can go to your board of elections and tell them you changed your mind. You will be able to vote a regular ballot.

If it’s not possible to early vote, you can go to your polling place on Election Day November 3 and vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted after November 3, once the Board of Elections verifies that you did not vote twice. Find your polling place at gettothepolls.com

Where Can I find a drop box near me?

Absentee ballots can be returned at your county board of elections. Find your drop box location here. 

Remember to return your absentee ballot in the drop box by Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30 pm.

Is voting by mail safe?

Voting by mail is safe. In fact, you can track your ballot from the moment you request it until it’s received by your county board of elections. Once your ballot is received, it is securely stored until it is counted. If you would prefer not to put your absentee ballot in the mail, you can also return it to your county board of election’s secure drop box.

How much postage do I need to put on my ballot?

Postage may vary according to the number of races on your local ballot. Check the instructions included with your ballot or contact your county board of elections to determine proper postage.

What’s the deadline for returning a ballot?

Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 2 or dropped off to the Board of Elections by 7:30pm Election Day, November 3.

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING

I like voting early in person at my board of elections. Will it still be open for voting during the pandemic?

The state is preparing to have in person early voting available this fall. Each county board of elections will be taking measures to maintain social-distancing and sanitize voting equipment to make it safer to vote. Evening and weekend hours are available. View the schedule of early voting hours here.

Where is my early voting center?

Each county has only one location where early in person voting is permitted, typically the county board of elections. To find your county’s early voting address, check here.

What ID do I need to bring?

If you are voting early in person, you will be asked to provide your Ohio driver’s license or state ID number OR the last 4 digits of your social security number. A valid Ohio ID is not required to vote early in person.

ELECTION DAY VOTING

I like the tradition of voting on Election Day. Can I still do that this fall?

Election officials are preparing to hold Election Day polling places open on November 3 from 6:30am – 7:30pm. However, because of COVID-19, your polling place may have changed. Check your polling place before you vote.

What Election Day ID do I need?

Ohio accepts many forms of identification, even if you do not possess an Ohio driver’s license. Additional forms of identification include a utility bill, cell phone bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck with your name and current address. View the full list of acceptable IDs here. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I want to be ready to vote when my ballot arrives! How can I see what’s going to be on my ballot?
I have a voting question. Is there someone who can help me with my question or problem voting?

Yes, call the non-partisan hotline 866-OUR-VOTE if you have questions or problems voting.

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