Register to Vote

Please read all instructions carefully. For further information, you may consult the Secretary of State's Web site at: www.sos.state.oh.us or call 1-877-767-6446.

Register to Vote

Mailing Information

After the form is filled out, print it, sign it and mail to:

Franklin County Board of Elections
280 E. Broad St. - Room 100
Columbus, OH 43215-4572

Eligibility

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
  • You are not incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction.
  • You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  • You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of the election laws.

Registration Identification Requirements

If you have a current valid Ohio driver's license, you must provide that number on line 10. If you do not have an Ohio driver's license, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number on line 10. If you have neither, please write "None."

If you register by mail and do not provide either a current Ohio driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, please enclose a copy of one of the following forms of identification with your registration application:

  • Current valid photo identification card
  • Military identification
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Government document (except board of elections notifications) showing your name and current address

Your Signature

Your registration cannot be processed without your signature. On line 14, please affix your signature or mark taking care that it does not touch surrounding lines or type so it can be effectively used to verify your identity. If your signature is a mark, include the name and address of the person who witnessed the mark beneath the signature line. If by reason of disability you are unable to physically sign, you may follow specific procedures found in Ohio law (R.C. 3501.382) to appoint an attorney-in-fact who may sign this form on your behalf at your direction and in your presence.

Absentee Ballot Information

You are entitled to vote by absentee ballot in Ohio without providing a reason. Absentee ballot applications may be obtained from your county board of elections or the Secretary of State at: www.sos.state.oh.us or by calling 1-877-767-6446.

Voting Identification Requirements

Many forms of identification will be accepted. They are:

Early In-Person and Absentee Voting

  • The last four digits of voter's Social Security number; or driver's license number; or
  • 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).

Election Day Voting

  • 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 that shows the voter's name. (Does not need to show 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).

For more information on voter identification requirements, please consult the Secretary of State's Web site at: www.sos.state.oh.us or call 1-877-767-6446.

Note: Ohio law provides you cannot use as proof of identification a notice that the board of elections mailed to you. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by provisional ballot.

Notice: Your registration or change must be received or postmarked by the 30th day before an election at which you intend to vote. You will be notified by your county board of elections of the location where you vote. If you do not receive a notice prior to Election Day, please contact your county board of elections.

Whoever commits election falsification is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.