Please Note: Vote411 is live as of 9/15/2020. It is constantly be updated however. New information is added daily.
Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:
- see everything that will be on your ballot,
- compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
- print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.
You may also view a sample ballot at the Lorain County Board of Elections site.
Voter Registration Requirements
To vote in Ohio, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election (17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the date of the general election may vote in the primary election for candidates only);
- A resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election; and
- Registered to vote at least 30 days before the election.
In addition, eligible voters:
- Are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction;
- Have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a court;and
- Have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws.
In order to vote in any election, you must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election. If you have recently moved to Ohio, you must file a new registration form.
As of January 1, 2017 you can register to vote online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website. If you have changed your address within Ohio and were previously registered to vote, you can update your address online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website.
Registering to Vote
To get a voter registration form:
- Register to vote through an online form at the Ohio Secretary of State's website.
- Pick up a hard copy voter registration form at your local library, high school, city or county clerk’s office, or public assistance office.
- Request a hard copy voter registration form over the phone from your county Board of Elections.
- Download a form now (.pdf).
- Military and overseas voters have a new tool available.
To check your current voter registration status, visit the Ohio Secretary of State's website.
Applying for an Absentee Ballot
In order to receive a vote-by-mail ballot, the voter is responsible for sending an application for that ballot to their county Board of Elections (BOE)
Lorain County Information:
1985 N. Ridge Rd. East
Lorain, OH 44055
Click here to print the application
Call your local Board of Election to have them mail you an application OR
Mail your BOE a written request stating "I'm requesting an absentee ballot for the November 3rd General Election" with the following information on a blank sheet of paper:
- full name
- date of birth
- full registration address including countyaddress where ballot should be mailed if different from your registration address;
- EITHER your Ohio driver's license number OR your last four of your Social Security number;
- indicate if you want a democratic, republican, libertarian, or issues only ballot. (Primarys only)
- Sign and date the letter. It is recommended to include a phone number and email address.
- Return ballot to your local BOE before they close on election day or you may mail your ballot (with sufficient postage - probably at least 2 first class stamps) at least 7 days (post office recommendation) before election day.
Tracking my Absentee Ballot
Within 3 to 5 days of sending your absentee ballot application and/or your mail-in ballot to the board of elections, its best to check and ensure that your sent mail was received and processed.
To check the status of your ballot, click here and then click on your county to be redirected to right election portal for your place of residence.