Easy to Vote | Hard to Cheat: Voting in Ohio is Easy

Easy to vote | Hard to Cheat: Voting in Ohio Is Easy

“In Ohio, it’s easy to vote. With thousands of locations to get registered, hundreds of hours to cast your ballot, and three different options for voting, all eligible Ohioans have equal access to one of the best election systems in the country.

Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat is the guiding principle behind my efforts to modernize and improve elections in Ohio.”

-Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State


Ohioans have more access to voting than any of our bordering states.

Ohio Is a Leader in Voter Access Graphic: Map comparing Ohio to other states. Ohio offers early in-person voting, no excuse absentee voting by mail and all Ohio voters received vote by mail applications. Indiana and West Virginia only offer early in-person voting. (Source: National Conference of State Legislatures)

Voting in Ohio: Easy as 1, 2, 3...

1: Register to Vote

Register to vote for the upcoming election. You must register at least 30 days before Election Day.

2: Select Which Voting Option Works Best for You

Absentee Voting by Mail:

Vote from the comfort of home by requesting that your ballot be mailed to you.

Simply complete it and either:

  • Drop it off at your local board of elections, or
  • Return it by mail.

No need to stand in a line.

Request your absentee ballot beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election. Return it in person before the close of polls (7:30 p.m) on Election Day to your county board of elections or drop it in the mail (make sure it is postmarked no later than the day before the election).

Early In-Person Voting:

During the absentee voting period, you may visit your county board of elections or designated early vote center to cast your absentee ballot in person. Uniform hours have been set to serve all voters no matter where they live, including on some weekend days. Check with your county board of elections for voting times and locations.

On Election Day:

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location at www.MyOhioVote.com

3. Get Out and Vote!

Whether you choose to vote from the comfort of your home with an absentee ballot by mail, vote early in person, or cast your ballot on Election Day, your vote can make a difference.

Graphical chart comparing Ohio to other states in the region. Ohio offers early in-person voting, no fault absentee voting by mail and has mailed all voters absentee ballots. Ohio has also been named a Military All-Star State by the Military Voter Protection Project. Of the 12 states in the chart, only Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia were named Military All-Star States.