In Ohio, voters must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election in which they intend to vote. Most voters can now register to vote online. For more information, visit the Secretary of State's website, https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/register/.
Voters have many options to vote. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections (this is commonly known as "early voting"). Voters can also vote early by mail (commonly known as "absentee voting"). For more information, including how to get an early/absentee ballot application, visit our local Board of Elections website, https://www.co.portage.oh.us/board-elections/pages/absentee-voting.
Election Day Voting
On Election Day, polls are open in Ohio from 6:30am - 7:30pm. Voters must vote in their correct precinct in order for their votes to be counted. To find your precinct polling location, enter your address on our local Board of Elections website, https://www.co.portage.oh.us/board-elections/pages/polling-locations.
In addition, Ohio voters must present and acceptable form of ID (the most common is a current Ohio driver's license or state-issued ID card). For a full list of acceptable identification, visit the Secretary of State's website, https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/id-requirements/.
Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Ohio while they are incarcerated. However, those who have yet to be convicted (i.e. being held in County jail) are eligible, and those who have served their sentences are free to vote after re-registering. For personal assistance, please call our local Board of Elections at 330-297-3511.
Other Voting Information
There are many options for voting in Ohio, and while we have tried to provide some basics here, there are many other special rules that apply to different situations voters may find themselves in. For personal assistance, please call our local Board of Elections at 330-297-3511.
Be A Poll Worker!
Being a poll worker - or "precinct election official" - is one of the best ways to give back to our community by ensuring that our democracy runs smoothly...and you get paid for it! For more information about the job, including how to sign up, visit our local Board of Elections website, https://www.co.portage.oh.us/board-elections/pages/precinct-election-officials-pollworkers.