Please note: Extra postage may be needed when mailing completed absentee ballots. If you are unsure of the postage cost, please check with your local office of the U.S. Postal Service.
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You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct more than 30 consecutive days after you are duly registered to vote in this state; however, you may request an absentee ballot during that period.
You may also contact the Lucas County Board of Election or the Ohio Secretary of State's office to mail a registration form to you. You may also call our office at (419) 213-4001.
You may obtain a registration application in person, or register in person, at any of the following locations:
The office of the Ohio Secretary of State;
The office of the Lucas County Board of Elections;
The office of the Registrar or any Deputy Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles;
Public High Schools or Vocational Schools;
County Treasurer's Office; or
Offices of designated agencies including:
The Department of Job and Family Services;
The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children program;
The Department of Mental Health;
The Department of Developmental Disabilities;
The Rehabilitation Services Commission;
Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to disabled students.
When you have completed your voter registration application, please review it carefully for completeness and accuracy. You may either personally deliver, or send by U.S. Mail, your voter registration application to the county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office. You, or another person acting on your behalf, also may deliver your application to one of the offices listed above, but you should ensure your application reaches the office of a board of elections or the Secretary of State within 10 days and no later than the voter registration deadline for the election at which you want to vote.
(Exception: You will not lose your residency after four years if your absence from Ohio is due to your employment with Ohio or the United States government, including military service, unless you vote in, or permanently move to, another state or country.)
If you do not have a fixed place of habitation, but you are a consistent or regular inhabitant of a shelter or other location to which you intend to return, you may use that shelter or other location as your residence for purposes of registering to vote.
For information on voting rights of U.S. citizens living outside the U.S., see Uniformed and Overseas Citizens.
The Ohio Secretary of State's website has a voter seach application that will allow you to find your polling location by your street address. Also, you may call our office at (419) 213-4001 to find out where you vote.
If you are not on active duty as a member of Ohio's organized militia (including the Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Naval Militia, and Ohio Military Reserve), the U.S. armed services or other uniformed services, or if you are not a U.S. citizen residing outside of the U.S., you are considered a "regular" absentee voter for the purpose of this guide.
If you are a regular absentee voter, you may use the absentee voter application prescribed by the Secretary of State (Form 11-A) to apply for your absentee ballot. If you choose not to use the prescribed form, your written application need not be in any particular format, but it must contain all of the following information:1. Your name;2. Your legal signature;3. The address at which you are registered to vote;4. Your date of birth;5. One of the following items showing proof of your identification: • Your Ohio driver's license number; or • The last four digits of your Social Security number; or• A copy of your current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government (including from a public college or university) document that shows your name and current address.(Note: You cannot use a voter registration acknowledgement notice that the board of elections mailed to you as proof of identification.); 6. A statement identifying the election for which you are requesting an absentee voter's ballot;7. A statement that you are a qualified elector;8. If the request is for a partisan primary election ballot, your political party affiliation; and9. If you want the ballot to be mailed, the address to which you want it mailed.
For Early In-Person and Absentee Voting:
• A copy of a current and valid photo identification, (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address; or • A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university); or• The last four digits of voter’s Social Security number; or driver's license number.
For Election Day Voting:
• A current and valid photo identification (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address (does not need to be current address for driver’s license or state id card); or• A military identification. (Does not need to show name or address); or• A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).
Ohio law states that you can use as ID, a document from the Board of Elections EXCEPT for a voter registration acknowledgement notice or a notification of an election.
Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by provisional ballot.