Voter Eligibility

You are qualified to vote if:
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election. If you will be 18 on or before November 3, you may vote in the primary election for candidates only, but not on issues.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You register to vote at least 30 days before the election.

How is Residence Determined?
By law your residence is the place to which, whenever you are absent, you have the intent to return. If you continuously reside outside of Ohio for period of 4 years or more, you are not a resident of this state for voter registration purposes, except if you are absent from Ohio because of federal or state government employment, including military service. Leaving for temporary purposes, such as school attendance, does not result in a change of residence for voting purposes, unless you register in the area where you are currently residing.

Can a Student Vote From His or Her School Address?
Yes, if the student regards that place as his or her residence and registers to vote. Otherwise, the student must vote in his or her home community if registered.

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