Voter registration eligibility explained


You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:
1. You are a citizen of the United States;
2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election;
3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election;
4. You are not in jail or prison for a felony conviction under the laws of Ohio, another state or the
5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.
Your residence is important because it determines which offices and issues you are eligible to vote on.
Under Ohio law, your residence is 1) the location that you consider to be permanent, not a temporary,
residence and 2) the place where your habitation is fixed and where, whenever you are absent, you intend
to return. If you do not have a fixed habitation, but you are a consistent or regular inhabitant of a
shelter or other location where you intend to return, you may use that location as your residence for
voting purposes.
To register you must complete a voter registration form. Go to to download a blank
form or request one be mailed to you by the Secretary of State’s office or your county board of
elections. You may also pick up a voter registration form at a number of places, including public
libraries, public high schools, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations and the Department of Job and
Family Services. For a complete list of locations go to Your properly completed voter
registration form must be received by the Secretary of State’s office, Board of Elections or one of the
locations previously listed by Oct. 7 to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 general election (the 30th
day before the election in which you wish to vote).
If you are registered to vote in Ohio keep your registration current by updating your address with the
Board of Elections if you have moved within Ohio. You may do so by completing a new registration form
with your new address or using the Online Change of Address system at
Uncertain whether you are registered to vote? Check voter information at or contact
the Board of Elections. The Wood County Board of Elections can be reached at 419-354-9120 or at or go to the office at the County Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, during
normal business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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