Oct. 11 Is Last Day to Register to Vote, Update Information for Ohio's Nov. 8 General Election

Early voting begins Oct. 12.

click to enlarge Ohioans will vote in the general election on Nov. 8, 2022. - Photo: Cottonbro, Pexels
Photo: Cottonbro, Pexels
Ohioans will vote in the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, is the last day to register to vote or update voter registration information to be eligible to vote in Ohio's Nov. 8 general election. The election will feature major races like those for state governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, state supreme court justices, U.S. senators, state senators and state district representatives. Local races like those for county commissioner, auditor, clerk of courts and judges also are in contention. See all candidates, issues, polling locations and important calendar dates in Hamilton County, or contact the board of elections in your own county.

Ohioans can register to vote online, by mail or in person, depending on if they will be at least 18 years old on or before the Nov. 8 general election, have been an Ohio resident for at least 30 days before the Nov. 8 election, have a state driver's license or identification card and a Social Security number (only U.S. citizens may vote). People who had been incarcerated for a felony must re-register to vote. A full list of qualifications is available on the secretary of state website.

Those with all of the required elements may register online immediately at voteohio.gov.

Residents who would rather register in person, who have questions or who are missing some of the required elements should visit an Ohio county board of elections office for the fastest service by the deadline. Other designated agencies approved by the secretary of state can assist with registering to vote, but all materials still need to be filed with the secretary of state on Oct. 11.

Ohioans can find forms to register to vote or update voter registration on the secretary of state's website. Voters also can find Ohio's FAQs about voting, plus the Hamilton County Board of Elections has information about registering to vote and casting a ballot. Polls will be open for in-person voting 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, the general election day (valid identification is required). Registered voters also may cast absentee ballots at their county board of elections office or by mail beginning Oct. 12, with the deadline to request an absentee ballot being the Saturday before the election (or Nov. 5). There are also in-person early voting options. See the full schedule on Ohio's secretary of state website.

In the Nov. 8 general election, Ohioans will vote under the state's new district maps, which the Ohio Supreme Court has repeatedly deemed unconstitutional due to their favoring Republicans. In June, the state's Republican-led redistricting committee ignored the court's deadline for submitting yet another set of redrawn maps. Republican members of the commission have said they can’t be held in contempt for their actions (or, as characterized by critics of the commission’s work, inaction) due to legislative immunity and the separation of powers doctrine they say bars the court from exerting power over the legislative branch.

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