UC Votes

UC Votes democracy fellows asking other students why they vote.

UC Votes democracy fellows asking other students why they vote.

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:

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2024 Ohio Elections Key Dates

Key dates for the November 5, 2024 Presidential Election in Ohio: 

  • October 7, 2024: Deadline for voter registration for November 5 presidential election
  • October 8, 2024: Early in-person absentee voting begins and absentee ballots can be mailed out by the boards of elections and filled out by voters for the November 5 presidential election 
  • October 29, 2024: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for November 5 presidential  election must be received by boards of elections by close of business
  • November 5, 2024: Presidential Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30AM-7:30PM
  • November 9, 2024: Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than November 4 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted

UC Votes Events

Fall 2024 UC Votes Events:

  • Constitution Day: September 17, 2024
  • National Voter Registration Day: September 17, 2024
  • National Vote Early Day: October 29. 2024
  • Election Day: November 5, 2024

UC Votes Student Worker Request Form

UC Votes student workers are happy to stop by club meetings, events, and classes for voter registration drives, absentee ballot request application drives, and nonpartisan voter education workshops. 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. 

Become Ballot-Ready

Visit uc.turbovote.org to check your voter registration status. You can also use TurboVote to register to vote online and get election reminders.

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. If you do not have a state of Ohio ID, you won't be able to register to vote online. In this scenario, you would need to complete a paper voter registration card
  • 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 our "Voting Addresses for Campus Housing Facilities" guide to identify the address you should use for your voter registration card. 
  • 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. You can also drop off your voter registration card at the Center for Community Engagement's mailbox, located on the outside of Stratford 19, to the right of the main door. 

Voting Methods

There are 3 voting options in Ohio:

  1. Voting early in-person: This voting methold could be useful if you don't plan on having time to vote in-person on Election Day. Note that you must provide a valid form of ID in order to vote 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. 
  2. Voting by mail: This voting method could be useful if you do not have access to a valid state of Ohio ID or a U.S. passport because it only requires you to document the last 4 digits of your social security number. 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. If you live in a campus housing facility, use our "Voting Addresses for Campus Housing Facilities" guide to identify the mailing address for absentee ballot. Voters must pay the postage for the voted ballot-- one stamp per page. You can buy stamps and drop off your completed ballot at the Corryville Post office at 2917 Short Vine, Cincinnati, OH 45219.  You can also buy stamps at the UC Bookstore in TUC. See the "General Election Key Dates" information above for deadlines related to voting by mail. 
  3. Voting on Election Day:  This voting method could be useful if you plan on having enough time to vote in-person on Election Day and if you have a valid form of ID. 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 and on election day. METRO is offering free bus rides to the polls on Election Day.  

Voter Identification

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 for most elections. You can use this to learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot. 

Sample Ballots: 

  • 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:


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: 

Peacefully Protest:

  • It is very important to understand how to safely protest/ participate in a demonstration. Use our "How to Safely Protest" guide to learn more. 

Faculty & Staff Resources

  • Getting Ready for the Presidential Election presentation: Faculty and staff can review this information so that you are prepared to help your students become ballot-ready this fall. 
  • Voting & Athletics: Includes play-by-play instructions on how to make sure your athletes are ready to vote this fall. 
  • 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

Questions? Contact:

Headshot of Keith Lanser

Keith Lanser

Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement

2639 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221


UC Votes student worker and community partners registering students to vote at UC Blue Ash

UC Votes student worker and community partners registering students to vote at UC Blue Ash