1. Check online to see if you’re registered to vote in Ohio:
Ohio Voter Lookup
2. If you ARE already registered to vote skip to Step 3
If you ARE NOT yet registered to vote, Get registered before October 11 so you can vote in November.
To register for voting in the State of Ohio:
- Download registration form here:
Download and Print this form
- Complete and mail the form before October 11:
Mail your form to your county board of elections. For your county board’s address please visit:
Find your Board’s contact information
If you have additional questions, please call the office of the Ohio Secretary of State at 877-767-6446.
3. Consider absentee voting before election day
Unexpected things come up. Lines can be long. Don’t take chances.
If You Want to Vote Absentee: Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Absentee voters may choose to request and vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail prior to Election Day. For the vast majority of voters, absentee voting begins the day after the close of voter registration, giving Ohioans nearly a month to cast a ballot prior to Election Day.
Any voter is eligible to vote early by casting an in-person absentee ballot. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends on the day prior to the election. Contact your County Election Board for information on early voting locations and times In order to cast an absentee ballot by mail, an absentee voter must have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm);
Use the following link to obtain an absentee ballot:
State of Ohio Absentee Ballot Request
If You Want to Vote Early In Person: See Absentee voting above but be careful. A federal appeals court ruled recently that Ohio does not have to reinstate its so-called “Golden Week” — a week-long period in the state where people can both register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time. Make sure you are registered to vote before October 11.
4. Be An Informed Voter:
We won’t presume to tell you how to vote. We’re confident you will make the right choices if you get yourself informed. So much is at stake for LGBTQ Americans this year. The 2016 election will be critical for protecting the progress we’ve made on equality and for continued progression toward equality. So don’t stop at just the presidential race. Find out who is on the right side of our issues in your state and in your local community and support those candidates.
As information becomes available from HRC and Equality Ohio we will post it here for you to use as a resource:
HRC on Trump: //www.hrc.org/DumpTrump
HRC on Hillary: //www.hrc.org/hrc
HRC on Ohio Issues: //www.hrc.org/local-issues/ohio