Voting is the most powerful way to have your voice heard. It is the core of our democracy. It is your chance to stand up for what matters to you most and impact the issues affecting you, your community, and the future. In order to exercise your right, you must be registered.
Registering To Vote
Voting Laws vary from state to state. Our Voter Registration page contains information on the registration process for Ohio.
What are the qualifications to register to vote in Ohio?
- You are a citizen of the United States;
- You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election;
- You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 consecutive days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
- You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state or the United States;
- You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
- You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.
How can I register to vote?
You may register to vote many ways! You can register online at the Ohio Secretary of State's website, by mail using a downloadable Ohio Voter Registration Application or in person at your local Board of Elections (Portage County Board of Elections) or library.
Make sure you have an acceptable form of ID
- Ohio driver’s license or state ID card with your name and photo. The card must be current (not expired), but it can have an old address.
- U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (address not required).
- Unexpired government ID with your name, current address, and photo. Student ID is not accepted.
- Original or copy of one of the following documents with your name and current address: utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank or financial advisor statement, pay stub, government check, or other government document. Must be dated within the last year.
- If you do not have any of the above, you may use the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, but you will have to vote a provisional ballot. It will be counted so long as the number matches your voter registration.
Keeping your voter registration up to date
If you are already registered to vote in Ohio, but have moved within Ohio and/or changed your name, you must update your voter registration by submitting a new voter registration form or change of address form for your new residence.
Information regarding future elections, including where, when and how to vote as well as information on candidates and issues can be found on our Vote 411 voters guide.
What is early voting?
Early voting may also be called "In-Person Absentee Voting." Registered voters may vote early at your county Board of Elections. Early voting will begin on October 10 for the November 2018 election. Here is a link to the Portage County Board of Elections: early voting schedule.
What about registering when you turn 17?
You are eligible to register as a voter if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years old or older by the general election and an Ohio resident for at least 30 days before Election Day.
What if I have a criminal record?
You are eligible to register as a voter if you are a U.S. Citizen, 18 years old or older by the general election, an Ohio resident for at least 30 days before Election Day, not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction (people with prior convictions may register to vote), have not been declared incompetent to vote or denied the right to vote by a court.
Where do I find election information? Like what precinct I live in?
You can find information about candidates and issues at vote411.org. Check the LWV Kent calendar of events for candidate forums usually a month before elections. You can also download our Voters' Guide to print at home.
Frequently Asked Questions about voting
Check out this FAQ list from the League of Women Voters of Ohio.
LWVK Voter Services Committee
The League of Women Voters of Kent provides many services to facilitate participation in the voting process including voter registration, registration lookup, and providing absentee ballot applications. Find out how you can help by contacting Voter Service Chair Jen Kinney at lwvkvoterservice [at] gmail.com.