To vote in an election in Ohio, does a person have to be registered to vote?
How does a person know whether he or she is qualified to register and to vote in Ohio?
A person is qualified to register to vote in Ohio if that person meets all the following requirements:
Once a person is properly registered to vote in this state, the person may vote in elections that occur more than 30 consecutive days after the person registered.
- The person is a citizen of the United States
- The person will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election
- The person will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which the person wants to vote
- The person is not incarcerated (in prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state or the U.S.
- The person has not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
- The person has not been otherwise barred from voting in this state
Does an applicant declare his or her political party affiliation at the time of registration?
No. An elector declares his or her politics by voting in a party primary election.
Does an applicant ever have to re-register to vote?
Yes, if the voter moves, changes his or her name, or fails to respond to an official notice from the board of elections and does not vote or update his or her voter registration at least once during a period of four years, including two federal elections, subsequent to receipt of the notice from the board of elections.
Can a person register if he or she is illiterate?
Yes. If someone who is unable to read or write wishes to register or update an existing registration, you can read the instructions and help him or her complete the form. If the customer is unable to sign, then pursuant to R.C. 3503.14, he or she is allowed to mark an “X” in the signature box indicating the customer’s intent to register to vote or update a current voter registration. If the customer registers in this manner, the employee helping must sign the customer’s name in the signature box and then sign the employee’s own name. If a customer is unable to make a mark, the customer must indicate in some manner his or her desire to register to vote or update a current registration. The employee shall sign the customer’s name and the employee’s own name and attest that the applicant desires to register or update his or her voter registration.
Where can I register to vote and obtain a registration form??
In person - You may register in person at any of the public offices listed below:
- Any county board of elections
- Office of the Secretary of State
- Public libraries
- Public high schools or vocational schools
- County treasurers’ offices
- At the office of any registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- State and local offices of designated agencies that provide public assistance or disability programs, including the departments of: job and family services, health, mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, rehabilitation services commission, or each office that provides assistance to disabled students of a state-supported college or university
By Mail – You may request a registration form from a board of elections or the Secretary of State’s Office by mail, telephone, in person, or by having another person obtain it for you.
You may download an enterable voter registration application right here Voter Registration Form, or by visiting the Secretary of State’s Web site at Ohio Secretary of State
If I am not a U.S. citizen can I receive PRC?
Possibly. Some non U.S. citizens may be eligible to receive PRC assistance. Your assigned FCDJFS case manager will help to determine your eligibility.
All individuals in your household who want to receive PRC assistance must provide information about their citizenship or immigration status. If anyone in your household does not want to provide information about his/her citizenship or immigration status, that person can be designated as a non-applicant. This means that the person will not be considered an applicant and will not be eligible for PRC. Non-applicant household members are still required to answer questions that affect the eligibility of the applicant household members, such as information about income, striker status, and Intentional Program Violations. The income of all non-applicant household members must be considered when determining the household’s eligibility. Other members of your household will still be able to get PRC if they are eligible for benefits.
What type of income must I report?
You must report all income that comes into the household. This includes pay from employment, unemployment benefits, social security, child support and annuities.