Voting Information for the Upcoming General Election

Voting Checklist

  1. Register to vote by Monday October 5th, 2020
  2. Find your polling place
  3. Learn what’s on your ballot
  4. Find out what you need to bring with you to vote
  5. Go vote!

Image of important election dates (Election Day is November 3rd, Register by October 5th, Absentee and Early Voting Starts October 6th)

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 3 days before the election (October 31st, 2020). Absentee ballots must be received before the close of the polls on election day, or postmarked no later than the day before an election and received no later than 10 days after the close of the polls.

If you are properly registered to vote, you submit your written request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. Your request must contain certain information (discussed below) and your original signature. You may, but are not required to, use the application form provided by the Ohio Secretary of State.

You need to request an absentee ballot by written request, and it must contain all of the following information:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your name
  • Your signature
  • The address at which you are registered to vote and your date of birth
  • One of these items showing proof of identification: Ohio driver’s license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, a copy of your current and valid photo ID, military ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address
  • A statement identifying the election for which absent voter’s ballots are requested
  • A statement that you are a qualified elector
  • If you want the ballots to be mailed, the address to which you want them mailed

Early Voting

Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on October 6th and ends on November 2nd. 

All registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or voting center as designated by the county. For specific information on times and locations contact your board of elections.

Voting In-Person on Election Day

Know your polling place location and bring your proof of ID to vote. The General Election will be held on Tuesday November 3rd, 2020. Learn what will be on your ballot ahead of time to know more about which candidates are running and where they stand on important issues; you can bring your printed and filled in guide from Vote 411 with you into the voting booth to help you remember which votes you want to cast!

Polling Place Accommodations

Ohio polling places should provide touch screen voting machines and have audio adaptations for assisting the blind. There are also adaptations for voters with lack of muscle control.

If you have a disability you may also have assistance by two election officials (of different political parties) or by the person of your choice (except employer or union agent). Poll workers are urged to accommodate voters with disabilities in any way they can.

If the polling place is not accessible for you, when possible you may vote curbside. In these cases, two poll workers will take a voting device to the you.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Source: “Election Information You Need.” VOTE411, 2020,

Upcoming BuckeyePass DUO Changes

BuckeyePass changes coming in October

You may need to adjust your BuckeyePass DUO authentication options. On October 15th, the “Call Me” option will be retired. If you use this option, you will need to go to before October 15th and add a new contact method.

On October 29th, BuckeyePass will also begin protecting all Office 365 applications, including Outlook. You will be prompted to reconnect to these applications using BuckeyePass. New authentication options have been added such as MacBook Touch ID, security keys and hard tokens.

Read more here

For questions, contact the OSU OCIO Office here

Upcoming Event: 9/30 Virtual Transition Conference & Disability Resource Fair

The CapABLE Employee Resource Group at Nationwide Children’s Hospital along with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be hosting a Virtual Transition Conference and Disability Resource Fair on Wednesday September 30th from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Blue and white flyer from Nationwide Children's Hospital for the Virtual Transition Conference and Disability Resource Fair on Wednesday September 30th, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The NCH logo is in the top left corner of the flyer and the middle of the flyer has an image of two butterflies (one blue and one yellow). The top right corner of the flyer depicts a black and white street. The flyer has the hosts of the conference (NCH CapABLE Employee Resource Group, OSU Nisonger Center, and Franklin County Board of DD) along with the agenda of the conference.

Conference Agenda:

  • 8:30-9:45am – Panel Discussion on the Parent Perspective: Racism and Systemic Inequities moderated by Jennifer Walton, MD
  • 10-11:15am – Beyond the ABC’s of Behavior Supports: Navigating the Transition to Adulthood by Cara Inglis, PsyD, BCBA, COBA,  Vanessa Rodriguez, PhD, BCBA-D, and Farah Langlois, MACMHC, LPC
  • 11:30am-12:45pm – Navigating the Health Care Transition: Through the Lenses of Youth, Family and Clinicians by Pankhuree Vandana, MD and Lindsey Bartram, DO.
  • 1:00-2:15pm – Importance of Preparation for Lifelong Learning moderated by Erin Powers, MSW, LISW-S (Our very own Jessie Green will be part of this panel!)
  • 2:30-3:45pm – The Role of Coping Skills to Address Mental Health of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Natalie Raff, PhD, Karen Tabern, PsyD, and Janette Long, MA, BCBA, COBA

To ask a question or to register for this free event, contact

Upcoming CABS Route Changes

CABS Adds Routes, Expands Service

CABS is expanding to offer additional options for students, faculty and staff. While capacity remains limited to promote physical distancing, the Campus Loop South will resume modified service on Monday September 21st. In addition, the Wests Campus route will expand its daytime hours.  These additions provide more convenient transportation options.

Image of a red and white OSU CABS bus displaying the words GO BUCKS

As a reminder, all passengers should wear masks and are asked to enter from the front and exit from the rear door.

To learn more about CABS routes and schedules, visit the OSU Transportation and Traffic Management website.

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Reminder: Complete the 2020 Census

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Participating in this year’s census is incredibly important in creating fair congressional districts as well as determining how much funding our local communities receive for important issues such as education, healthcare, and road construction.
Responding to the census this year is easier and safer than ever, with contactless options to respond online, by paper, or over the phone.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit

What’s your why?

Every Buckeye has a reason to stay safe and healthy. What’s your why?

The safety of our Ohio State community is the university’s top priority. During this extraordinary time, your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment are vital to our ability to remain on our campuses Together As Buckeyes.

The guidelines and requirements on this website have been created for our university communities on all Ohio State campuses by the COVID-19 Transition Task Force based on the recommendations of the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory subgroup. They are informed by the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and other authorities.

Every Buckeye plays an important role in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. Together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. Buckeyes care for each other. It’s what we do. By working together, we can make our community safer for everyone — students, faculty, staff, visitors, fans and friends alike.


JCPenney Suit-Up Event (Virtual)

Not only has COVID-19 upended how many of us work and connect, but it’s also changing professional attire. JCP Suit-Up is an event for all students, faculty, and staff of Ohio State to receive discounts on professional attire and accessories. This year, the event will be held virtually from Friday, September 4 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Man and woman dressed in suits with the words JCPenney Suit-Up Event

See what’s available for the discount on the  JCP Suit-Up Merch List [pdf].

Please note that if you require any accommodations such as live captioning or interpretation to fully participate in this event, please contact Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Shop the JCP Suit-Up Website

Students: Please register for this event on Handshake

To get your Coupon Code: Text OSU to 67292
Your coupon code will be active starting September 4, 2020


If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using the Handshake application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.