Register to Vote
You are qualified to vote if:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the General Election. If you will be 18 on or before the General Election, you may vote in the Primary Election for candidates only, but not on issues until you are 18.
- You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
- You are not incarcerated (in prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of the United States, this state or any other state of the United States.
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
- You are registered to vote in Ohio at least 30 days before the election.
For an online Voter Registration Form
or more information on how to register, click here.
A Spanish-language form is available here.
How is residence determined?
By law, Your residence is the place in which your habitation is fixed and to which, whenever you are absent, you have the intention to return. If you continuously reside outside of Ohio for a period of four years or more, you are not a resident of this state for voter registration purposes, except if you are absent from Ohio because of federal or state government employment, including military service.
Can a college student vote from his/her school address?
Yes, if the student’s school address qualifies as the student’s voting residence, discussed in the previous paragraph. Otherwise, the student must vote in his/her home community, if registered there.
Does the primary residence of a registered voter have to be in Marion County to vote here?
Yes, except for members of the armed forces serving on active duty. Spouses and dependents who left Ohio to be with the service member are also exempt.
Where can I register?
- On this website or the website of the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office
- At any county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office.
- At branch registration offices or locations established by a board of elections.
- At any public high school or vocational school.
- At the office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- At offices of designated agencies which provide public assistance or disability programs.
- Public libraries.
- County treasurer’s office.
- By mail. You may request a registration form from a board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office by mail, email, telephone, in person, or by having another person obtain it for you.
- After completing the form, return it to the board of elections or Secretary of State’s office by mail. Also, the form may be returned to the Marion County Board office in person. You will receive a card telling you of your precinct, polling location and other information.
Mailed registration forms sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office must be postmarked 30 days before an election.
Registration forms not mailed in must be received by a board of elections the Secretary of State’s office. public high school or vocational school public library office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles county treasurer’s office or designated agencies 30 days before an election to be valid for that election.
Do I declare my party affiliation when I register?
No. Under Ohio law your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you vote in a primary election.
What if I change my address or name?
If you are now registered and move within the state or same County or change your name you must report the change to the board of elections by completing a voter registration form at the locations stated above or by mail as stated above.
You may also complete a notice of change in voting status and file it with the court when you apply for a marriage license or when your name is changed by court order.
Mailed forms must be sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office at least 30 days before an election.
Forms not returned by mail should be received by a board of elections, the Secretary of State’s office, a public high school or vocational school, public library, office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, county treasurer’s office or designated agency at least 30 days before an election. If you do not report the change by the 30th day before an election, please read “Exceptions” below.
If you change your name and/or move from one precinct to another in your county you may report the change and vote by appearing at the board of elections during the absentee voting period; or on election day you may go to the polling place in the precinct in which you reside, the board of elections or site designated by the board.
If you move from one county to another in the state, you may report the change and vote at the Board of Elections in the county in which you now reside during the absentee voting period, or on election day at the board of elections or site designated by the board.
If you vote under these circumstances, you will vote a provisional ballot which is similar to an absentee ballot.
If I file a change of address with the post office, will my voter registration be automatically updated?
No, the post office does not share change-of-address information with the board of elections.
The Secretary of State’s office maintains a phone line to provide information on registration and voting for deaf citizens. The number is TDD (614) 466-0562.