Guide to Voting

1. Voter registration

Deadline to Register/update: OCTOBER 5, 2020

Link to Application:  https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/

2. Check Your registration

Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.

Check Registration Here:  https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx

Update Registration Here: https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/


  • Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
  • Correct Address
  • Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Correct Political Party preference

3. Order your mail ballot

Deadline to Order Absentee mail Ballot: October 31, 2020

We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Application for Absentee Ballot:

Contact your county Board of elections to find out mail ballot drop-off locations in your local county: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/elections-officials/county-boards-of-elections-directory/

Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: 
Postmarked november 2, 2020 and received by board of elections on november 3, 2020 7:30pm

Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:

Ohio does not have the Surrender Rule. If you are signed up for an absentee ballot in Ohio, there is a marking in the poll book indicating you are an absentee voter. If an absentee voter shows up to vote in-person on Election Day, they will be given a provisional ballot. No exceptions.

Source: https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/BOEL-website/media/Documents/Poll-Workers/Training-Manual.pdf 

Absentee voters are required to vote provisionally if they show up at a polling place on Election Day. No Absentee ballots are accepted at the polling location. The voter must return the absentee ballot to the County Board of Elections office before 7:30pm on Election Day or vote provisionally at their Voting Location. No Exceptions!

If a voter is marked ABSENTEE or PROVISIONAL on the Electronic Poll Book then they will be required to vote provisionally.

    4. Early voting information

    • In person early voting is not available. However, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center from the first day after the close of voter registration until the day before Election Day. 
    • To find your county board of elections official visit: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/elections-officials/county-boards-of-elections-directory/ 
      • For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact the Ohio Secretary of State’s Elections Division by phone 614.466.2585.

       5. Be a poll worker

      • Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
      • Poll workers must be 17 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county

      Sign Up Here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/precinct-election-officials/peosignup/

      6. Additional Questions?



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