Voters Guide - English
7 November General Election
Information on Candidates and Issues
- Ohio League 2017 Voters Guide to State Ballot Issues
- Local area Candidates Nights listed on our Calendar
- Candidate interviews presented by LWVGDA and MVCC
- Candidate interviews presented by LWVGDA and DATV
Registering to Vote
To qualify to vote in the November election, you must be a US citizen; 18 years old on or before 7 November; an Ohio resident for at least 30 days immediately before Election Day; not currently incarcerated for a felony; not declared incompetent by a court; and not previously disenfranchised for violating election law. You must be registered to vote by 10 October, 2017. If you have moved or changed your name since you last voted, you must update your registration, as described below.
To register to vote or update your registration online, you need your Ohio driver's license or state ID card number; your name, address, and date of birth; and the last 4 digits of your social security number. You can register online at the Ohio Secretary of State's Website.If you prefer, you can print the registration form and mail or handcarry it to your County Board of Elections. This form is also available at the Board of Elections, DMV license bureaus, high schools, many libraries, and other locations. Note that if you don't provide an Ohio license or ID card number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on the paper form, you must include a copy of a form of identification that shows your name and current address. The form contains a list of acceptable documents. Make sure to sign and date the form!
You can vote in-person starting Wed 11 October at the Board of Elections office in your county. The hours for early voting are:
|11-13 October||8 am - 5 pm|
|16-20 October||8 am - 5 pm|
|23-27 October||8 am - 6 pm|
|30 October - 3 November||8 am - 7 pm|
|4 November||8 am - 4 pm|
|5 November||1 pm - 5 pm|
|6 November||8 am - 2 pm|
Absentee Ballot Applications
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot. To do this you must submit an absentee ballot application to your county Board of Elections. The application form is available in English and Spanish at the Ohio Secretary of State's Website, or from your county Board of Elections website. You can also call your Board of Elections and request that an application be mailed to you. Complete the application and return it to your county Board of Elections by mail or in person. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Your application must be received no later than noon on the Saturday 4 November, but it is best to submit it as early as possible to allow time for the ballot to be mailed to you, completed, and returned before Election Day.
When you receive your ballot, follow the instructions carefully, and fill out the identification envelope. Seal your ballot inside the identification envelope, then place that inside the ballot return envelope and seal the outer envelope. Under Ohio law your ballot will not be counted if the identification envelope is not completed, signed, and returned with the ballot sealed inside. The ballot must be received by the Board of Elections no later than the close of polls (7:30 p.m.) on Election Day to be counted. Ballots may be mailed, or hand delivered by the voter or a member of their immediate family. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 6.
Polls are open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day, 7 November. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting MyOhioVote.com or the county Board of Elections websites shown below.
County Boards of Elections
Montgomery County Board of Elections:
451 W. 3rd St. , Dayton; (937) 225-5656
Greene County Board of Elections:
551 Ledbetter Rd., Xenia; (937) 562-6170
Are you still on the registered voter rolls?
Over 32,000 voters in Montgomery and Greene Counties were purged from the voter rolls last year, a process allowed by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clear the databases of inactive voters. If you have not voted recently, please check your name at the Ohio Unity Coalition website to see if you are still registered. If you are not, you will need to re-register by 11 October in order to vote in November.
Voting 123: Voter ID requirements
Voting 123 for College Students
Fact sheet: Voting with a criminal conviction
Judicial Votes Count (statewide resource for judicial elections)
Judicial Votes Count website information card
LWV Ohio Voter Center (will be updated as Election Day approaches)
Election Protection website; also Voter Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE
Also check out our Voter FAQ page for more details on the voting process: registering, requesting an absentee ballot, changing your address, being prepared with accepted ID, etc.