Ohio ID requirements for voting by mail

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Ohio voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Voters must provide a Driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of Social Security Number.

If a voter CANNOT provide a driver’s license number or SSN, then they must provide a copy of one of the following:

  • Any current and valid photo ID with voter’s name
  • Military ID with voter’s name
  • Utility bill with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Bank statement with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Paycheck with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Government documents including check, other than voter registration notification, with voter’s name and current address *

* within the last 12 months

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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