UC Votes

Campus Democracy Fellows registering students to vote

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. 

Important Dates

  • April 4, 2022: Deadline for voter registration for May 3 primary election.
  • April 3, 2022: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for May 3 primary election must be received by boards of election by noon. 
  • 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. 

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. 

Stay Educated : Nonpartisan Voter Education Resources 

  1. The League of Women Voters of Cincinnati Area offers a comprehensive nonpartisan voter guide for Hamilton County. You can use this to learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot.  
  2. Hamilton County residents can view their sample ballots via the Hamilton County Board of Elections
  3.  VOTE411.org has served tens of millions of voters. By entering one’s home address on VOTE411.org, voters can see ballot questions they will be voting on, compare candidate responses to League questions and much more 
  4. Campus Election Engagement Project offers a non-partisan candidate, issues, and primary guides for state and federal elections. 
  5.  For Voting 101 information, dates, and registration tips download the Campus Vote Project state student voting guide. 

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 (student IDs will not be accepted at the polls).

Students who are registered to vote using their campus address may print out their 

The Center for Community Engagement is hiring Democracy Fellows! The CCE, in partnership with the Campus Vote Project, is seeking students who are passionate about democratic engagement, politically interested and are self-starters to help peers register and vote and engage them in dialogue around democracy through a one-year fellowship, with exceptions made for Spring 2022 graduating seniors. New Democracy Fellows will receive a $1,200 stipend in two installments ($500 at the end of their first semester in the spring and $700 at the end of the fall semester). Fellows should be prepared to spend 10 hours per week on the program during the spring and fall semesters.  To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Alexis Crosby at acrosby@campusvoteproject.org. If you have questions about this role, please email Keith Lanser at keith.lanser@uc.edu

America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.
Learn more and get involved through the Power the Polls intiative.
For questions about becoming a poll worker in Hamilton County, Sharron DiMario from UC's College of Medicine is happy to offer guidance from her past experiences as a poll worker. Contact Sharron via email: dimarism@ucmail.uc.edu
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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