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,

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