UC Votes aims to register students to vote, educate students on voting and ballot issues, ensure student ballot access, and get out the student vote.
The University of Cincinnati is committed to nonpartisan democratic engagement:
- UC is currently designated as a Voter Friendly Campus by NASPA.
- President Pinto signed the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge's President's Commitment in September of 2022.
- UC was recognized as a 2022 ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting in November of 2022.
- Our 2022 Campus Vote Plan and our 2022 Campus Vote Report are both available to review.
UC Votes with TurboVote
General Election Key Dates: (Ohio)
- October 10: Deadline for voter registration for the November 7 General Election.
- October 11: Absentee voting by mail begins.
- October 11: Early in-person voting at your Board of Elections begins for the November 7 General Election.
- October 31: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for November 7 General Election must be received by your Board of Elections by close of business.
- November 7: General Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30am-7:30pm.
- November 7: Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the Boards of Elections by close of polls.
- November 11: Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 6 and received by Boards of Elections by this date to be counted.
Fall 2023 UC Votes Events:
- Constitution Day Citizenship Challenge, 09/14, 10AM-12PM, UC MainStreet
- National Voter Registration Day: Part 1, 09/19, 12PM-4PM, UC MainStreet
- National Voter Registration Day: Part 2, 09/20, 9AM-4PM, UC MainStreet
- Donuts & Democracy, 09/25, 7:30AM-3PM, UC Blue Ash
- Cincinnati Public School Board Candidate Forum, 09/28, 7PM-8PM, virtual
- Last Minute Voter Registration Day: Part 1, 10/02, 10AM-2PM, UC MainStreet
- League of Women Voters of Cincinnati Area's Candidate Meet & Greet, 10/03, 5:30-7:30PM, Price Hill Branch Library
- Absentee Ballot Request Day: Part 1, 10/11, 10AM-2PM, UC MainStreet
- Absentee Ballot Request Day: Part 2, 10/12, 10AM-2PM, UC MainStreet
- UC Law Jones Center's Social Justice Colloquium "One Person, One Vote", 10/16, 9AM-3PM, UC Law School
- What's On the Ballot Day: Part 1, 10/18, 10AM-3PM, UC MainStreet
- What's On the Ballot Day: Part 2, 10/23, 10AM-3PM, UC MainStreet
- Make a Voting Plan Day, 10/25, 10AM-2PM, UC MainStreet
- "Why Are You Voting This November?" Part 1, 10/30, 10AM-3PM, UC MainStreet
- "Why Are You Voting This November?" Part 2, 11/01, 10AM-2PM, UC MainStreet
UC Votes Student Worker Request Form
UC Votes student workers are happy to stop by club meetings, events, and classes for mini voter registration drives and absentee ballot request application drives. These usually take 10-15 minutes. Requests are filled according to our student workers' availability. Please click on the button below to request a UC Votes student worker.
Register to Vote
Registering to vote with your home address:
- Visit uc.turbovote.org to register to vote online for almost any state!
- Note that in Ohio, in order to register to vote online, your voter registration address must match the address on your Ohio state ID.
- In order to register to vote online, you will likely need the last 4 digits of your social security number or your state ID number.
Registering to vote with your campus address:
- According to Ohio law, you may register to vote with your campus address.
- In order to register to vote using your campus address, you must use a paper voter registration form. You can print out you own voter registration card or pick up a voter registration card from the Center for Student Involvement (455 Steger) or the Center for Community Engagement (Stratford 19).
- Use a pen while completing your voter registration card. Make sure for question 8 you mark down the county you live in (do not write USA), for question 10 include the last 4 digits of your social security number OR your Ohio state ID number, and make sure you write in today's date above your signature (and not your birthday).
- Once you are finished with your form, mail it to or drop it off at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
There are 3 voting options in Ohio:
- Voting early in-person: In Ohio, voting early in-person usually occurs at your county's Board of Elections a month prior to the election. Ohio voters can contact their county's Board of Elections to view their county's early voting schedule.
- Voting by mail: 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. Voters must pay the postage for the ballot-- one stamp per page. See the "General Election Key Dates" information above for deadlines related to voting by mail.
- Voting on Election Day: Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30AM-7:30PM on Election Day. Before you go to your polling location to vote on Election Day, confirm both your voter registration using TurboVote and your polling location using Vote.org. Note that you can also sign up to receive election reminders using TurboVote.
Transportation to the Polls
The Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative is providing free rides to the polls during the early voting period at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
Voter ID for Students:
You will need to bring your voter identification with you if you vote early in-person or if you vote in-person on Election Day.
The following are acceptable voter IDs in Ohio:
- Unexpired Ohio driver's license: commercial, motorcycle, probationary, interim, temporary, or restricted
- Unexpired Ohio issued ID card-- will be issued by the state for free**
- US military ID card
- Ohio issued National Guard ID card
- US issued Department of Veterans Affairs ID card
- Unexpired US passport or passport card
Note that the address on one of the acceptable voter IDs listed above do not need to match the voter's registration address.
** Beginning April 7, 2023, the Ohio BMV will issue State of Ohio ID Cards for FREE to anyone 17 or older who does not have a driver's license. This is particularly important for students who wish to register to vote using their on-campus address. Note that out of state students who are registered to vote in Ohio who get a free Ohio ID will have their home state license revoked. Out of state students who register to vote in Ohio can vote by mail with the last four digits of their social security number or in person with a passport. VoteRiders, a nonpartisan nonprofit, will help anyone get a free ID.
More information about voter ID rules can be found via the Ohio Secretary of State's website or by using the National Conference of State Legislatures' website.
Nonpartisan Voter Guides:
- 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.
- The Campus Vote Project, Civic Influencers, and Guides.vote have nonpartisan student voting guides for many states.
- 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.
- Hamilton County, Ohio residents can view their sample ballots via the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
- Hamilton County Board of Elections also posts candidates lists and issues lists for elections about a month prior to the election.
Nonpartisan Voter Education Webinars:
- How to Become a Poll Worker: Learn about how to become a poll worker in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
- Why Local Elections Matter: Learn about why local elections and local races are critically important for the success of our democracy and our community.
- Debunking Common Voter Myths: Explore common voter myths in order to understand how elections are actually facilitated in Ohio and beyond.
- Importance of Minority Voting: Learn about the history of voting rights for minoritized communities in the United States.
- "Voting Fact or Fiction" : Educate yourself against common voting disinformation techniques.
- Detecting Disinformation: A two page guide on how to detect disinformation online.
Know Your Rights:
- Check out our Lines and Voting resource to learn about what to do if you experience issues while voting.
- Review our "Election Self-Care Tips" sheet to learn about ways to care for yourself while you maintain your political involvement.
Now that you checked your voter registration status, registered to vote, selected your voting method/ voter ID, and educated yourself on what will be on your ballot, you are ready to vote!
The University of Cincinnati has a reading day scheduled on federal election days, which means there are no classes on federal election days!
Tips for voting on Election Day:
- It is a good idea to bring anything you might need while you wait in line (water, snacks, etc.).
- You may have to wait in line to vote. If you are in line to vote at 7:30PM (Ohio), do NOT leave the line! You have the right to stay in line as long as you need to.
- If you do not have an acceptable form of voter ID or if they aren't able to find you in their system, know that you have a constitutional right to fill out a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will count if the Board of Elections verifies your OH driver's license or state ID number or the last 4 digits of your social security number. Do not leave without filling out a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots must be cured with the county's Board of Elections by the 4th day after an election.
- If you experience issues while voting, or if you need voting information, consider calling the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English), 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish), 1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic), 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian & Pacific Islander languages).
Transportation to the Polls:
The Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative is providing free rides to the polls on Election Day.
Contact Your Representatives:
- Did you know that fewer than 1/10 Ohioans contact their elected representatives in any given year? Learn how to contact your representatives using our "How to Find & Contact Your Representatives" guide.
- It is very important to understand how to safely protest/ participate in a demonstration. Use our "How to Safely Protest" guide to learn more.
- TurboVote flyer: Students can scan the QR code included in this flyer to visit uc.turbovote.org. This can be printed and hung up in your office.
- Sample voter registration email: You can use this email template to send out a voter registration email to your students. To download the email template, right click the link, click on 'save link as', and save to your desktop.
- Sample syllabus language for voting: Copy/ paste this content into your syllabus to help your students become ballot ready.
- UC Votes Student Worker Request Form: Fill out this form to request a UC Votes student worker to stop by your class to complete a mini voter registration drive or a mini absentee ballot application request drive.
- Keep in mind that you should not offer extra credit to students in exchange for registering to vote or in exchange for voting. That said, you may offer extra credit for students who check their voter registration status using TurboVote.