There is still time to register to vote in Ohio’s primary election. Here is how.

By: - February 13, 2020 12:30 am

This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State’s Office.

The primary election is approaching in Ohio, and there is still time to register to vote in that election.

Voters who are already registered also have a short time left to update their addresses ahead of the March 17 primary.

The deadline to register and to update registrations is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

How to register

There are several ways eligible Ohioans can register to vote.

Registration is available online by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State’s website,

Ohioans can also submit their registration forms in-person to their respective county boards of elections office, or to the Secretary of State’s office.

Paper forms are also available at a number of public locations, including at libraries, high schools, Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices and others. A full list of those locations is available here. Those forms, once filled out, should be mailed or dropped off to one’s county board of elections office or to the Secretary of State’s office.

How to update your voter registration

The most common change to one’s voter registration is when moving to a new address.

An address change must be filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to confirm your correct voting location.

Changes can be made online by clicking here. There is also a paper form available to be turned in to a county board of elections office.

Other voting questions…

How can I vote early?

Absentee ballots can be requested on the Secretary of State’s website. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the primary election; they must be postmarked by the day before the election or can be turned in to a county board of elections until the close of polls at 7:30 p.m. on March 17.

Early in-person voting is also available at county boards of elections offices beginning Feb. 19 and continuing through the day before the primary. See here for an early voting schedule. 

Where do I vote on Election Day?

Click here to find your respective polling location. 

What is on my ballot?

Click here and find your county on the “sample ballot” list. Then fill in your address to locate all of the issues and elections that will be on your primary ballot.

How do I know if my voter registration is correct?

Click here to check your voter registration on file.

Resources to learn more about elections in Ohio:


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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.