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 vote can sometimes seem complex, following these three simple steps is helpful:
- Make sure you are eligible to vote
- Get registered to vote, either in Ohio or in your home state
- 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.
You are eligible to vote in the State of Ohio if you meet all of the following requirements and you are currently living in Ohio. Students studying remotely must register and vote at that location (see the following FAQ).
- 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 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.
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. For more information on establishing residency in Ohio, please refer to our voting FAQs.
If you are a CWRU student who is currently studying remotely, you should register wherever you will reside at the time of the election. If you previously registered to vote in Cuyahoga County (because you were living on campus) and you no longer live here because you are studying remotely, you will need to register to vote at your current address.
Due to the changes from COVID-19, there are a number of different scenarios that guide where college students should register to vote this year. This guidance follows general principles of residency for voting purposes, but you should check with your local election officials for the specific voter registration rules where you live. Check out the Fair Elections Center's Campus Vote Project's 2020 Voter Registration Scenario Guidance for assistance.
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
For a step-by-step guide to signing up for TurboVote (that includes screenshots), click here.
If you think you may have already registered or want to check on the status of your recent registration
Checking will help to ensure that you’re registered to vote and ensure that your current place of residency is also up to date!
Voter registration can 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.
Due to social distancing requirements, we can only permit 5 people in the office, so you may email email@example.com to setup a specific time. We can also schedule a remote appointment and answer your questions over Zoom - just email us!
How to Vote
In many states, including Ohio, there are multiple ways you can vote. You can choose to
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 request one now through your county board of elections.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on October 31. If you're voting through the mail, your ballot must be postmarked by November 2 to be counted, but you can drop them off at your county's drop box anytime before November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Guidelines vary by state, so if you are voting in a state other than Ohio, click here to select your state and view their absentee voting requirements and information.
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.
For all other states, check here for early voting options.
In Ohio 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.
If you live on-campus and registered to vote using your on-campus address, you can look up your polling location near campus 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.
Important Dates and Ohio Deadlines
Please note that some deadlines are Ohio-specific and these dates are for 2020.
National Voter Registration Day
|Tuesday, September 22|
OH Voter Registration Deadline
|Monday, October 5|
Deadline to request OH Absentee Ballot (Vote by Mail)
Saturday, October 31
|OH Absentee Ballot Return Postmark Deadline||
Monday, November 2
|OH Absentee Ballot Return In-Person Deadline||
Tuesday, November 3
General Election Day
(polls open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 3
Official Ohio Election Information
Additional Election Information
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.