Last updated on November 1, 2016

If you are registering for the first time, you should plan on showing “proof of identification” the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: (1) A current and valid photo identification or (2) A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

Ohio voter registration deadlines

Election Day Registration:

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Ohio voter registration rules

In order to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet these requirements:

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next general election.
  3. You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
  4. You must not be currently incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction. If you are an ex-felon and not currently incarcerated, you CAN register to vote in Ohio.
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  6. You have not been permanently denied the right to vote for violations of election laws.

Ohio voter registration directions

  1. Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.

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