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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 download a Voter Registration Application. You may also contact the Lucas County Board of Election or the Ohio Secretary of State to mail a registration form to you. You may also call our office at (419) 213-4001. Beginning January 1st, 2017 you may register online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website 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 Libraries; Public and Parochial 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.
Please note: Extra postage will 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.
For information on voting rights of U.S. citizens living outside the U.S., see Uniformed and Overseas Citizens.
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 to a different address, 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 (Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
• 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.
Under Ohio Law, your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you vote in an even numbered year Primary Election. The next opportunity to change your party affiliation will be the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.