As the October 9 Ohio voter registration deadline approaches, it's important to make sure you are registered to vote so your voice can be heard on Election Day — November 6.
It is not uncommon for voter registrations to be challenged, especially those of college students who may not have listed their residence hall address on their voter registration form. So here are some tools that will help verify your Ohio voter registration status and know what to expect when you go to the polls on Election Day.
Ohio law requires every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address, and provide proof of the voter's identity.
For example, students must state their name and voter registration address — the address they provided on their voter registration form — and proof of identity (not proof of address). Keep in mind that your Capital ID is not considered proof of identity because it was issued by Capital and not by the State of Ohio. An Ohio driver’s license provides proof of identity, and the address on the license does not have to match your voter registration address.
To verify your registration and the address you should state when you go to your polling location, visit the Ohio Secretary of State's Office website, where you'll also find a link with additional voter information.
Capital transforms lives through higher education in part by inspiring individuals to be morally reflective, spiritually alive and civically engaged. On November 6, we encourage you to exercise your right as a U.S. citizen, engage in the democratic process, and cast an informed vote.