Last updated on October 7, 2019

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

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration:


Ohio voter registration rules

In order to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet these requirements:
  • be a citizen of the United States.
  • be at least 18 years old on or before the next general election
  • be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
  • not be currently incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction. If you are an ex-felon and not currently incarcerated, you are eligible to vote in Ohio but you MUST re-register.
  • not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
  • not have 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.