Registration and Voting

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

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.

Voter Registration

Each primary and general election will have a specific voter registration deadline associated with it. Here are some ways to register, you can choose the one that works for you!

If you think you may have already registered in Ohio, you can check your voter registration status here

For states other than Ohio, visit this website to check your voter registration status. 

Case Western Reserve University students are strongly encouraged to use 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

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!

Ways to Vote

There are several ways that you can vote.

If you did not already request 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. For information about absentee voting in other states, please refer to the following resource.

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.

Voter Identification Requirements

While a photo ID is not required in Ohio, if you plan to vote in person, you will need to bring one of the following forms of identification with you to the polling location.

  • A current and valid photo identification card (e.g. driver's license or state ID). Please note that your student ID card is not sufficient identification for voting. If your driver's license does not list the same address that you used to register, please also make sure to bring a utility bill, bank statement, or pay check that has your name and the address you used to register, OR
  • A military identification, OR
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter's name and current address. If you live on-campus, you can get a print-out of your address verification (also known as Proof of Residency or a zero-balance utility bill) by visiting a Housing Area Office or by stopping by University Housing main office.

Additional identification requirements can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

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.