Civic Engagement

Why Vote?

  • Have a say on policies that affect you!
  • Make politicians hear your voice!
  • Your vote really does matter!

Check out these voter resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

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’ current home address, or their curent school address.

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 http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters.aspx

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

Can I vote absentee by mail? 

Yes!

All Hamilton county voters can vote absentee by mail. Request a ballot here

Can I vote early in person? 

Yes!

Anyone who is registered to vote in Hamilton County can vote at the Board of Elections Office. Early voting opens about four weeks before electoin day. 

Will I need an ID to vote? 

YES!

All voters in Ohio must bring one form of acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity.

ID Requirements:

  • A current (not expired) and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the US government (includes Ohio Drivers License or Ohio ID Card)
  • A current (not expired) military identification
  • A current utility bill dated within last 12 months
  • A current bank statement dated within last 12 months
  • A current government check dated within last 12 months
  • A current paycheck dated within last 12 months
  • A current other government or school document

A voter presenting an Ohio driver license or Ohio ID card that shows a former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the current residential address is printed in the offical poll list of registered voters for that precinct.

Voters who do not provide any ONE of these documents at the precinct will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot

Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security Number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voters identity under penalty of election falsification and casting a provisional ballot. 

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?