Voter Identification Requirements

You will need to show ID to vote in person in Ohio. If you plan to vote on election day at your designated polling location or vote early at the Board of Elections, you will need to bring one of the following forms of identification with you:

  1. An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or Ohio state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct, OR
  2. A military identification, OR
  3. A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency, 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:

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

Provisional ballotsIf you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.


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.