UC Votes

Campus Democracy Fellows registering students to vote

Important Election Dates

  • April 4, 2022: Deadline for voter registration for May 3 primary election.
  • April 5, 2022: Vote by mail and early in-person voting begins. 
  • April 30, 2022: Deadline to request a mail ballot (absentee). 
  • May 3, 2022: Primary Election Day. Polls open from 6:30AM to 7:30PM. 
  • May 3, 2022: Boards of elections must receive absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, by the close of polls. 
  • May 13, 2022: Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 2 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted. 

UC Votes aims to register students to vote, educate students on issues, ensure student ballot access, and get out the student vote. 

UC Votes is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election. 

Please email keith.lanser@uc.edu or call 513-558-5133 for assistance with voter registration, absentee voting, or voter identification. 

Now Hiring On-Campus Co-ops! 

UC Votes is now hiring on-campus co-ops to help with our Midterm Election initiatives this fall. Both positions can be found in Handshake:
  • Civic Influencers: These co-ops will work on our fall midterm election initiatives. These positions come with a stipend from Civic Influencers. 
  • Democracy Fellows: Similar to Civic Influencers, these co-ops will also work on our fall midterm election initiatives. These positions come with a stipend from the Campus Vote Project. 

Democracy Fellows Voter Engagement Requests

Would you like a student democracy fellow to stop by your class, event, or student group meeting? Fill out the Democracy Fellow Voter Engagement Request Form. Voter engagement requests are usually mini voter registration drives, mini absentee ballot request drives, and mini voter education events. Most voter engagement events last about 10-15 minutes. We will do our best to accommodate your request according to our democracy fellows' availability.

UC Votes Calendar: Spring 2022

Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to UC Votes events. Please sign up for our events via CampusLink.  

Join us at our UC Votes programs and events this semester! Please sign up for our events via CampusLink.  

Join us at our UC Votes programs and events this semester! Please sign up for our events via CampusLink.  

  • Athletics Voter Registration Day: 
    • March 22, 10AM-4PM at Lindner Center (5th floor from 10AM-2PM, front entrance from 2PM-4PM. 
    • Stop by to check your voter registration status and to register to vote. 
  • Voting Suppression Presentation: 
    • March 24 from 2-4PM at the AACRC (60 W Charlton St)
    • This event is meant to educate our community about voting suppression and the danger of being apolitical during elections. After the presentation we'll play a voting trivia game and have snacks. 
  • Midwest Student Voting Summit: 
    • March 25, 1PM-4PM
    • The Midwest Student Voting Summit is organized by the Campus Vote Project. This is an opportunity to come together with students, faculty, staff, and nonpartisan community partners to strategieze on getting out the youth vote. 
    • This event is free and is held virtually. 
    • Please RSVP as soon as possible.
  • Rescheduled Spring Voter Registration Day:
    • March 29, 9AM-4PM, UC MainStreet
    • This is our last voter registration drive before the voter registration deadline for the Primary Election in Ohio. 
  • Voting in a Primary Election Webinar:
    • March 30, 10AM, via Zoom
    • March 31, 4PM, via Zoom

Join us at our UC Votes programs and events this semester! Please sign up for our events via CampusLink.  

  • Voting Absentee Webinar:
    • April 5, 5PM, via Zoom
    • April 7, 3PM, via Zoom
  • Absentee Ballot Request Days: 
    • Stop by our table at UC Main Street to request your absentee ballot for the May 3 Primary Election in Ohio. 
    • April 12, 9AM-11:30AM, Main Street
    • April 14, 11AM-3PM, Main Street
  • What's On The Ballot? Webinar:
    • April 11, 4PM, via Zoom
    • April 12, 4PM, via Zoom
  • Why Are You Voting in the Spring Primary?:
    • Stop by our table at UC Main Street to let us know why you will be voting in the spring Primary Election in Ohio on May 3. 
    • April 19, 11AM-3PM, Main Street
  • Ohio Primary Election Day: May 3, 2022
    • Polls are open from 6:30AM-7:30PM

Take Action

Use the resources below to register to vote, educate yourself on the issues, and so much more! 

Every student at The University of Cincinnati who is a citizen of the United States of America has the right to register to vote in Hamilton County using their campus address. There are many ways to verify your campus address, update your voter registration, and find your polling location. 

Register before the deadline in the state where you intend to vote. The deadline to register in Ohio is April 4, 2022 for the May 3, 2022 primary election.

You may register to vote online, in person or by mail.


By Mail 

In Person

Voter registration forms are available on campus at the Center for Community Engagement and in each residence hall. You can also access voter registration forms at the Hamilton County Board of Elections or any public office.

Voter Registration Check

To check your voter registration status, go to the Ohio Secretary of State's website. This can help you if you aren't sure if you are currently registered to vote. 

Absentee Voting

Ohio voters can complete, print and sign the Absentee Ballot Application form and return it by mail or in person to your local board of elections office

When you receive your ballot and identification envelope in the mail, follow the instructions included and return your voted ballot by mail or via the drop box located outside the board of elections office.

Early Voting

Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day, but your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period.  Ohio voters can contact their county's board of election to view their county's early voting schedule. 

Voting on Election Day

Make sure to confirm both your registration and polling location, before casting your vote on Election Day.

Ensure you have one of the approved forms of identification to present at your polling site on Election Day (note that student IDs will not be accepted at the polls).

Students who are registered to vote using their campus address may print out a proof of residency letter using Catalyst. Use the following steps to print out your proof of residency letter: 

  1. Log in to Catalyst.
  2. On the Student Homepage, click the Quick Links & Helpful Contacts tile.
  3. In the left-side navigational bar, click Address Letter for Voting to open a new tab displaying your Mailing Address and/or Permanent Address on file with UC.
  4. Select the address that you want to be displayed on the document.
  5. Click on Download Letter (PDF) to create the printer-friendly letter in a new tab.
  6. A letter will be generated that you will be able to print.  Take this letter with you to your voting station on Election Day to present as identification.

Important Note: If the address printed on the UC voting purposes letter matches the address under which you are registered to vote in the State of Ohio, this letter is proof of identity and will allow you to vote a regular ballot on Election Day.If you present the UC proof-of-identity letter to your Ohio voting station, do not also present conflicting non-Ohio identification.  If you do so, you may be required to submit a provisional ballot.

Check out our nonpartisan voting resources via our Voting Resources page

The UC Votes Coalition is a group of nonpartisan students, faculty, staff, and community partners that are committed to the institutionalization of democratic engagement at the University of Cincinnati. The Coalition meets once per semester to review, approve, and implement UC Votes' campus vote plan. We are looking for new Coalition members of all political persuasions. If you are interested in joining the nonpartisan UC Votes Coalition, please email keith.lanser@uc.edu or call 513-558-5133. 

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