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Civic Engagement

Check out these voter resources:

Do I vote using my home address, or my college address? 

By law, college students may choose which address they use for voting, either their parents’ home or their school address.

Where can I regsiter to vote? 

Register before October 9 by mail or ON CAMPUS!

My address or name has changed since I last voted. What do I do? 

If your name or address has changed since you last voted, you must either complete a new registration form or update your Ohio voting address online at

This requires an Ohio driver’s license number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Can I register and vote absentee at the same time? 


Register and vote in-person absentee at the same time October 2 - 9 at the Board of Elections: 824 Broadway St. Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

How can I vote absentee by mail? 

Absentee Vote by mail starting October 2.

Request an absentee ballot by calling 513-632-7039 or go to Ballots must be postmarked by November 5, or delivered in person to the Board of Elections by 7:30p on November 6.

Can I vote early in person? 

Vote early in person absentee beginning October 2 at the Board of Elections (824 Broadway St. Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202).

Early voting takes place:

  • October 2 through October 20: Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p,
  • Ooctober 20 - November 2: 8:00a - 7:00p

I just want to vote! When is election day? 

Vote in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 6:30a - 7:30p at your assigned polling place.

What identification do I need? 

ID Requirements:

  • If you vote in-person, absentee or by mail, a driver's license number, a state ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number are acceptable.

  • On Election Day, you must present a driver’s license, a state ID, or a copy of one of the following that shows your current address: utility bill, bank statement, pay stub, government check, or government document.

What is a Provisional Ballot? 

A Provisional Ballot is used if your eligibility is in question and you would otherwise not be permitted to vote. The ballot is cast "provisionally" until election officials can verify your eligibility to vote in the particular precinct where you vote at that election. A provisional ballot may be used if you recently changed your address or name and did not update your voter registration.

Where can I find more information? 

Poll Cats 

Serve, Learn and EARN!

UC Poll Cats gives students who are at least 17 years old the opportunity to work for the Board of Elections on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2012. The average age of a poll worker is 72, voting equipment and election laws are becoming much more complex, polling place hours are long and working at the polls requires moving and setting up voting machines. As a result, from time to time there is a need to fill vacancies when Poll Workers retire and the BOE seeks to recruit 18 to 31 year olds to assist voters with electronic voting equipment and new voting procedures.

In addition to compensation of $161.50, the poll work enables students to acquire a real life-hands on civics lesson in the voting process, provides a meaningful community service experience, and an entry point for students to become engaged in the electoral process. Students will be paid for:

  • Attending a 3-hour training class (classes are held at a central location near campus)
  • Working from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. on Monday November 5, the night before Election Day to help set up the polling place.
  • Working on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to about 9:00 p.m.

In appropriate classes UC instructors may also agree by signing the student’s application form to award credit for a course assignment in conjunction with the poll work.

All poll workers must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be US Citizens and residents of Hamilton County.
  • Be registered to vote (even if they are 17 years old).
  • Attend a 3-hour training course
  • Come to Monday night Polling Place set up from 7-8:30 pm
  • Provide their own transportation to the polls on Election Day.
  • Not have a felony conviction, unless reversed, expunged or pardoned

To increase your chance of being selected, apply well before the October 1 deadline. Bookmark this website and the download the FAQ sheet for reference.

For additional information contact either:

Howard Tolley, Jr.
Professor Emeritus
Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Joe Mallory, Elections Administrator
Hamilton County Board of Elections
824 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH  45202