Ohio Early Voting 2014
Updated 09.29.14 – Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the early voting schedule has changed. The below information reflects the days and times previously set by Ohio Secretary of State Husted, and subsequently reestablished as a result of the decision. Check the Secretary of State’s website for updates.
The revised early voting period lasts from October 7 through November 3.
On weekdays between October 7 and October 31, you can vote in person at your local board of elections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, October 13, boards of elections will be closed for Columbus Day. On Monday, November 3, boards of elections will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Two Saturdays are available: October 25 and November 1. On those days, boards of elections will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. One Sunday is available: November 2. On that day, boards of elections will be open 1 to 5 p.m.
For the 2014 election, Golden Week—the week when, in past elections, you could register and vote in person on the same day—has been eliminated by a court ruling.
For the 2014 election, evening hours have been eliminated.
Important dates affecting voting by absentee ballot:
November 1, 2014 – Vote by Mail ballot application deadline – must be received by boards of election by noon.
November 3, 2014 – Ballots mailed in the U.S. must be postmarked on or before this date.
Include proper postage on your ballot return envelope. Ballot envelopes are not postage-paid.
November 4, 2014
- Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots must be returned to your Board of Elections by this day. Late applications will not be counted.
- Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m.
- Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots CANNOT be dropped off at a voting location.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 special election is October 6, 2014.
- Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website to see if you are already registered. If not, you can complete and download a voter registration form.
- If you have moved since you last voted, be sure to fill out a change of address form. You can do it online, or fill it out by hand and mail it to your county board of elections.
Make sure your vote counts by:
- Locating your polling place. It may have changed, even if you have not moved.
- Bringing ID. For a full list of acceptable voter identification click here.
- Being on Time. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. By law, you have a right to vote if you are still in line when polls close.
If you experience a problem casting your ballot, report it! Contact:
- Your local board of elections.
- The Ohio Secretary of State or call toll-free: (877) 767-6446.
- The ACLU of Ohio via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (216) 472-2200.
Didn’t receive your absentee ballot? You can vote provisionally at your polling place.
Download ACLU voter empowerment handouts.Distribute to friends, family, neighbors, students, and throughout the community. To place an order, email email@example.com or call (216) 472-2200.
- Voter Empowerment Card (PDF)