Elections and Voter Resources

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is committed to promoting an active and engaged campus community. CCEL hopes to provide information on voter registration while also promoting diverse campus and community events related to upcoming elections.

While the process to get to vote can sometimes seem complex, following these three simple steps is helpful:

  1. Make sure you are eligible to vote
  2. Get registered to vote, either in Ohio or in your home state
  3. Choose how you will vote (Vote Early, on Election Day, or by Vote by Mail via Absentee Voting)

Sees below for more information to complete these steps.


Voter Eligibility

You are eligible to vote in the State of Ohio if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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 (November 5, 2019).
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 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.
  • You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

Out-of-state students can register to vote in the State of Ohio using their school address, if they affirm that they intend on living in the state. As the US Supreme Court ruled in 1979, this is entirely at their discretion, and they do not need to provide proof of this intention, nor are they in any legal jeopardy if they later change their mind and move elsewhere from the Ohio school they're attending. For more information on establishing residency in Ohio, please refer to our voting FAQs. If you are a US citizen, but not originally from the state of Ohio, you can also choose to register to vote in your home state.

Register to Vote

Every election will have a specific voter registration deadline associated with it. View Important Dates and Ohio Deadlines table at the bottom of this page.

All Case Western Reserve University students have the benefit of being able to utilize TurboVote. TurboVote makes the process of voting easier through a simultaneous online voter registration and ballot request process that takes minutes to complete. This tool helps students manage voter registration deadlines and provide election reminders for all 50 states. Through TurboVote, CWRU students can:

  • Get materials needed to register to vote
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Receive election reminders
  • Change or update your voter registration information

Go to CWRU TurboVote

If you think you may have already registered or want to check on the status of your recent registration

Check your voter registration status here!

Checking will help to ensure that you’re registered to vote and ensure that your current place of residency is also up to date!

Stop by a CCEL-sponsored Vote Everywhere or other student organization tabling events to register to vote! Voter registration can also be completed in the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, located on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, suite 165, near the Bellflower Road/Linsalata entrance. It only takes a few minutes to register, and trained Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, students or CCEL staff, will walk you through the voter registration form and/or TurboVote. Stop by any time during business hours!

How to Vote

In many states, including Ohio, there are multiple different ways you can vote. You can choose

If you have not already requested an absentee ballot through TurboVote, you are registered to vote in Ohio, and you prefer to vote by mail, you can generate your vote by mail application online. 

Voter Identification Requirements

Voters who are registered to vote in Cuyahoga County can vote early in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue. Visit their website to see dates and times for early voting options for a particular election.

On Election Day, you can cast your ballot at your designated polling location between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please visit the following website to determine your polling location in the State of Ohio. If you live on-campus and registered to vote using your on-campus address, you can look up your polling location here. Additionally, when you go to your polling location to vote in Ohio, you will need to bring a form of identification. Find out more about voter ID by clicking the button below.

Voter Identification Requirements

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Dates and Ohio Deadlines

Please note that some deadlines are Ohio-specific and these dates are for 2020.

Event/Deadline Date

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 22

Ohio Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

Monday, October 5
Deadline to Request an Ohio Absentee Ballot (Vote by Mail)

Tuesday, October 27

(12:00 p.m.)

Ohio Absentee Ballot Return Postmarked By Deadline

Monday, November 2

Deadline to Return Completed Ohio Absentee Ballot In-Person

Tuesday, November 3

(7:30 p.m. In-Person)

General Election Day 

Tuesday, November 3

(polls open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)


Official Ohio Election Information

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Ohio Statewide Election Information


Additional Election Information

All State-Specific Student Voting Guides

Ballotpedia Election Resource

Vote 411 Candidate and Issue Research Tool

How to Vote While Studying Abroad


The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning and Case Western Reserve University do not endorse any candidate or political party in connection with this or any other political campaign or election. Volunteer opportunities to engage in election activities will be posted as submitted by either party, and students can choose whether or not they wish to get involved.