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  Ross County Board of Elections
1. Introduction
2. Who Is Qualified To Vote?
3. Where Can I Register? (Registering By Mail)
4. Do I Declare My Polictics When I Register?
5. What If I Change My Address Or Name? (Exceptions)
6. Is TDD Assistance Available?
7. Where Can I Vote?
8. When Does Voter Registration Close?

Introduction

Voting is a privilege for citizens of the United States. Information that will be helpful to you about voting in the state of Ohio is listed below.

If you have questions that are unanswered after reading this document you may call your Board of Elections for further assistance.

Ohioís first formal count of voters age 21 and over began on August 1, 1803. Ohioís first law requiring registration of voters was enacted in 1845.

Today, although more than 6 million Ohioans are registered to vote, many citizens remain unregistered and ineligible to vote. Itís easy to register by mailing a registration form to the Secretary of State or at any of the designated registration sites below.

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 day of the general election, you may vote in the primary election for candidates only, but not on the issues.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You register to vote at least 30 days before the election.

Where can I register?

  • At any county board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís 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 treasurerís office.

Register by mail:

  • You may request a registration form from the board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís office by mail, telephone, in person or by having another person obtain it for you or by printing the Voter Registration Form on this Website. After completing the form, return it to the board of elections or Secretary of Stateís office by mail. Click here to print a form that may be mailed to the board office.
  • Mailed registration forms sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís office must be postmarked 30 days before an election to be valid.
  • Registration forms not mailed in must be received by a board of elections, the Secretary of Stateís office, public high school or vocational school, public library, office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, county treasurerís office or designated agencies 30 days before an election to be valid for that election.

Do I declare my politics 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 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 sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of Stateís office must be postmarked 30 days before an election to be valid for the election.
  • Forms not mailed in must be received by a board of elections, the Secretary of Stateís office, public high school, or vocational school, public library, office of any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, county treasurerís office of designated agencies 30 days before an election to be valid for that election.

 

TDD assistance

The Secretary of Stateís office maintains a phone line to provide information on registration and voting for deaf and hard of hearing citizens. The number is (614) 466-0562.

Where can I vote?

  • You can cast your ballot at the polling place designated to serve the precinct in which you reside. If you are in doubt as to the location of this polling place, check with the Board of Elections in your county.

REGISTRATION CLOSES 30 DAYS BEFORE ELECTION DAY!