Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of ID is accepted?


Voting on Election Day – Tuesday, November 6th:


  • Current and valid State of Ohio photo ID* (Ohio driver’s license, state ID, govt. ID); or
  • A military ID*, even if expired; or  
  • Proof of address, showing the voter’s name and address, dated within the last year:
    • Utility bill (including cell phone bill); Bank statement; Government check; Paycheck; or Government document (license renewal notices, court papers, etc.)
  • If you don’t have any of the above, you may vote provisionally by using the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Not accepted IDs:
Passport, voter registration card, out-of-state license, or college ID


*ID address need not match voting address


Voting early in-person before Election Day:


Early voters do not need any ID, but will need to provide one of the following numbers:


  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • Ohio driver’s license number
  • State ID number


What if a voter recently moved or changed their name, but did not update their information by the registration deadline?


They may still vote, but need to follow the instructions below:


  • Before the election:
  • the voter needs to go to their current county’s BOE (or early vote site) submit a change of address/name form with proper ID (see above) and vote provisionally
  • On Election Day:
  • the voter needs to go their current county’s BOE or their new assigned polling place in their new precinct with proper ID (see above), submit a change of address/name form with proper ID (see above) and vote provisionally


Early Vote In-Person Hours
Sat. Oct 27, 8 am – 4 pm
Mon-Fri. Oct 29-Nov 2, 8 am – 7 pm
Sat. Nov 3, 8 am – 4 pm
Sun. Nov 4, 1 pm – 5 pm
Mon. Nov 5, 8 am – 2 pm


Absentee / Early Voting


What is the deadline to mail-in an absentee ballot?


  • The ballot must be post-marked by Monday, November 5th – encourage voters to mail-in their ballot before this date


What is the procedure for returning an absentee ballot in-person?


  • The voter may return an absentee ballot in-person until the close of polls on Election Day to the County BOE – not the voter’s polling place!

What if a voter requested, but did not receive an absentee ballot?


  • The voter needs to contact the BOE and check the status of their absentee ballot request
  • If this problem isn’t resolved by Election Day then the voter should go to their polling place with proper ID and vote


If a voter has requested an absentee ballot does the voter have to use this ballot?

  • If possible the voter should try to use this ballot
  • If a voter tries to vote on Election Day or tries to early in-person and they’ve requested an absentee ballot then they will have to vote provisionally


What if the voter makes a mistake or there are other problems or on their ballot?  


  • The voter may go to their county BOE and request an additional ballot – the original ballot needs to be returned to the BOE as well.  If a mistake or accident happens again then the voter may return the second ballot for a new one. The voter may only get three ballots – including the original.


Will they check my warrants, late utility or car payments, etc. at the polls?




Can I vote online?


No.  You can request a mail-in ballot by printing the request form online, you will then be sent an absentee ballot.   


What If A Voter Needs Help?


The voter may call the Voter Protection free hotline at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English) or 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish)


*This document is intended to be purely informational

and does not constitute legal advice