Important Places to Get Accurate, Up-to-date Information about Voting
Ohio Voting Deadlines for the November General Election
- The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
- The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Saturday, October 31, 2020. (Given possible mail delays, do NOT wait this late! You can request your absentee ballot right now!)
- The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Check your county’s Board of Elections (voteohio.gov/boards) for the most up-to-date information.
- If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 2, 2020.
- If returned to the county board of elections, absentee ballots must be returned before Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Verify Your Voter Registration
Verify your voter registration details before October 5, 2020 to make sure you are correctly registered!
Register to Vote
IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, the deadline to register to vote in Ohio for the November 3, 2020 General Election is October 5, 2020.
- Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
- Date of Birth
- Last four digits of your Social Security number
If you do not have any portion of the required information, follow this link to update your voting address using this paper form (PDF). Once you complete this form, you must sign and either stamp and mail it or drop it off to your county board of elections. For your county’s board of elections address, please visit http://voteohio.gov/boards.
Requesting an Absentee Ballot (by mail)
Here’s how to request an absentee ballot in Franklin County:
Visit vote.franklincountyohio.gov. Select Absentee Voting, and you’ll see the link to Apply for An Absentee Ballot.
You must then print, sign, and return the completed form to the Board of Elections either by mail or by bringing the form to the Board of Elections. There is no option to submit the form online.
In Franklin County, the address to send your completed and signed form is:
Franklin County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 182111
Columbus, OH 43218-2111
You can also drop the signed absentee ballot request form at your Board of Elections. In Franklin County, the Board of Elections is located at 1700 Morse Rd. Until early September, the dropbox may not be accessible after the office is closed.
You can also call the Franklin County Board of Elections at 614-525-3100 if you have any questions about absentee voting by mail.
Franklin County Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots around October 6th.
You can track your absentee ballot request and your actual absentee ballot by going to franklincountyohio.ballottrax.net and register. They will notify you when they receive your absentee ballot request, when they send out your ballot, and when they receive your returned ballot.
If you live elsewhere in Ohio, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s Absentee Voting page at https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-voting/ or your local county Board of Elections, or call 1-877-767-6446. The Ohio Absentee ballot request form can be found at this link. Fill out the required information and mail to or drop off to your county’s Board of Elections. To find the information about your county’s ballot tracking site, visit VoteOhio.gov/track
Returning Your Absentee Ballot
Your absentee ballot should be mailed back to your county Board of Elections as soon as possible. Your mailed absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before November 2 (the day before the election) and be received by the Board of Elections by 10 days after the election.
You or a family member can return the sealed and signed ballot to your county Board of Elections secure dropbox by 7:30 pm on Election Day (November 3rd). Family members include any of the following: the spouse of the elector, the father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister of the whole or half blood, or the son, daughter, adopting parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the elector.
Do not return your absentee ballot to your polling place! Return your absentee ballot by mail or in person to your county Board of Elections by 7:30 pm on November 3rd.
Voting Early in Person
Check your county board of elections for the most up-to-date information about early voting in person. In Franklin County, the early voting location is 1700 Morse Rd., and hours are posted below.