(WJW) — Tuesday, November 8, Ohioans chose their governor and next U.S. senator and made decisions on issues like bail reform and non-citizen voting in the general election.
How can I vote in person?
Early in-person voting got underway on Oct. 12. Most counties conduct early voting at their board of elections office, and early voting locations are likely to be less crowded than polling places on Election Day.
To find out where you can vote early, find your local elections office in the list below.
Elections offices in Ohio have extended hours for early in-person voting:
- Monday, Nov. 7: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, which is Election Day.
If you choose to go to the polls on Election Day, you can find your voting precinct and polling place using the list of county elections board offices below or the Secretary of State website.
What do I need to bring?
Absentee and early voting began on Oct. 12, the day after voter registration ended. Absentee ballots also started going out in the mail that day to those who requested them.
To vote in person, you need to bring a form of identification that includes:
- A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID
- A valid military ID
- Some other valid, government-issued photo ID that has your name and current address
- A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or some other government document that has your name and current address, so long as it’s from the past year
If your ID doesn’t have your current address, that’s OK as long as your voter registration has your current address.
If you don’t have an ID, you can still cast a provisional ballot. You’ll need to provide your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number — the number with two letters followed by six numbers found on the license — or the last four digits of your Social Security number to your local elections office no later than Nov. 15. Once that information is verified, your provisional ballot will be counted.
Where is my polling place? What’s on my ballot?
Find your local elections office or polling place and see what’s on the ballot in your neighborhood at the links below to county board of elections offices in northeast Ohio:
- Ashland County
- Ashtabula County
- Columbiana County
- Cuyahoga County
- Erie County
- Geauga County
- Huron County
- Lake County
- Lorain County
- Mahoning County
- Medina County
- Portage County
- Richland County
- Stark County
- Summit County
- Trumbull County
- Tuscarawas County
- Wayne County
How can I vote by mail?
If voting by mail — also called absentee voting — you had until noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 to request an absentee ballot from your local board of elections office. But that may not leave you enough time to return your ballot via the Postal Service. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7, the day before the election, to be counted.
Am I registered to vote?
If you haven’t registered to vote already, it’s too late. The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 11. That deadline always comes 28 days before Election Day.
You can make sure you’re registered to vote and find your local polling place on the Ohio Secretary of State website.
It’s a good idea to personally deliver your completed absentee ballot to the post office and make sure it’s postmarked, rather than leaving it in a mailbox. Don’t forget to make sure it has enough postage.
After mailing, you can track your absentee ballot through your local elections board website. It must arrive at your local board of elections office no later than Nov. 18.
You can also drop off your absentee ballot at your county board of elections office or in its drop box anytime until the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. You don’t have to wait until Election Day to drop it off.
If you never received your absentee ballot, you should check in with your local board of elections office. You can find yours in the list below.
If you requested an absentee ballot but never mailed it back, you can still vote in person at your polling place on Election Day. But if you voted by mail, you’ll be unable to vote in person.
Still have questions?
Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website for a list of voter resources and frequently asked questions.