Voter Registration in Ohio

Get registered and ready to vote in Ohio! 

This page covers:

   Ohio Voter Eligibility Requirements 
   Ohio Voter Registration ID Requirements
➜   How to Register to Vote in Ohio 
   Frequently Asked Questions

Registering to vote is just the first step. Check Ohio’s voter ID requirements and make sure you have the right ID to cast a ballot that counts.




Ohio Voter Eligibility Requirements

You must register before you can vote in Ohio.

You are eligible to vote in Ohio if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election.
  • You are 18 years of age on or before the date of the next general election. (If you will be 18 by the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates. You cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.)

You cannot register to vote in Ohio if:

  • You are incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction.
  • You have been declared incapacitated by a court of law.
  • You have been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws. 




Ohio Voter Registration ID Requirements

To register to vote:

  • You must provide your driver’s license number or state ID number if you have one.
  • If you do not have either of these IDs, you can use the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
  • If you do not have a Social Security number, then leave that space blank on your registration form.

If you don’t provide any of these numbers or the state can’t match the number you provide to official records, you will have to show an accepted form of ID the first time you vote.


Frequently Asked Questions

No, Ohio does not allow you to register and vote on the same day. 

Ohio’s deadline to register for an upcoming election is 30 days before Election Day.

If the deadline has passed, you can still submit a registration application. It will be processed for future elections.

You can check your voter information using this form. If you cannot find your information or something is incorrect, contact your county board of elections

We recommend that you check your voter information before each election’s voter registration deadline. This will give you time to submit a new registration if your information is missing or incorrect.  

You can also use the Ohio Secretary of State’s website to check your registration and find your polling location.

Each state has its own laws about whether citizens with previous criminal convictions can vote.

To check your eligibility to register to vote in Ohio use Restore Your Vote

You can also learn more by reading this blog post: Can People Convicted of a Felony Vote in the United States?

College students are allowed to vote using their Ohio school residence address. You can decide if you prefer to register in your home state or in Ohio if you attend school there. You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Student ID is not accepted for voting in Ohio. You can find a full list of your ID options here.


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How to Register to Vote in Ohio 

Submit the form below to register in Ohio online.

You can also complete this PDF form and send it to your county board of elections.

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