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A voter guide to Ohio's Nov. 7 general election

An American flag waves in the breeze next to a sign directing Ohioans to vote inside Tharp Sixth Grade School, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 in Hilliard, Ohio.
Samantha Hendrickson
Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1-5 p.m. is the last chance for early in-person voting at local boards of elections. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 6 or dropped off at your local board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Follow our live blog for updates throughout Election Day.

What's on my ballot?

Two statewide issues are on the ballot:

Issue 1 - Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety - is a proposed constitutional amendment. It would establish Ohio’s constitutional right to "make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions” and would bar the state from interfering in reproductive health matters, according to the ballot language.

Issue 2 - Marijuana Legalization Initiative - is a statute that could legalize and regulate recreational marijuana within the state. This includes cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession and home growth of marijuana for adults age 21 or above, according to the ballot language.

To see what's on your ballot, follow the link for the county you live in and enter your address on the local board of elections’ website:

Don't see your county listed? Find it here.

This voter guide can help you to navigate the election. Click on any item below to find what you're looking for:

Am I registered to vote?

  • Deadline to register to vote: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
  • Boards of elections will be open until 9 p.m. that evening for in-person registration.

Check here to see if you are registered, and if not, register online here.

If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.

When is early voting?

Be sure to bring an acceptable photo ID.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Friday, Oct. 13: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 16 - Friday, Oct. 20: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 23 - Friday, Oct. 27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 30 - Friday, Nov. 3: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5: 1 - 5 p.m.

There is no early in-person voting on Monday, Nov. 6.
You can find your early voting polling location by going to this Ohio map and clicking on the county you live in. Most early voting sites are at your county's board of elections office.

How to vote by mail

Absentee ballots can be mailed starting the first day of early voting on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023.
See a sample of your ballot.

Returning your vote-by-mail ballot

  • Deadline to mail your ballot: must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 6 and received by your county board of elections by Monday, Nov. 13.
  • Deadline to deposit your ballot at a drop box: Election Day Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Each county has one ballot drop box located at the county board of elections office.

Voters must return their absentee ballots to the board of elections in the county in which they are registered.
Track the status of your absentee ballot by choosing your county from this map.

If you believe your ballot may have been lost in the mail, contact your county board of elections. The board can mark an already-mailed absentee ballot as void and send a new one.

Do I need an ID to vote?

To request an absentee ballot, identification such as a social security number, driver’s license number or copy of a U.S. passport is required. Find the full list of ID options on the ballot application form.

A photo ID is required for in-person voting. Check the entire list of acceptable IDs

If you do not bring an acceptable form of ID, or if your eligibility is in question because you moved or changed your name but didn't update your registration, you can still vote using a provisional ballot.

Voting provisionally means election officials need to double check your eligibility. To do so, you must visit your county's board of elections by Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. to provide identification so your vote can be counted in the final election totals.

Options for voters with disabilities

Any Ohio voter with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act can request an absentee ballot to complete through the accessible absentee voting system.

For in-person voting, all polling places must have at least one accessible voting machine available for people with disabilities, such as visually impaired voters, according to federal law.

Voters who would rather not use the machine can also bring a friend or family member with them to read the ballot or request assistance from a bipartisan team of poll workers.

Voting from the hospital

If you or your minor child are in the hospital on Election Day, you can still vote.

Submit this request form to the board of elections of the county where you live by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Two representatives of the board of elections may deliver the ballot to you, wait while you mark the ballot and return your completed ballot to the board office.

Updated: November 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM EST
Annie Wu is the deputy editor of digital content for Ideastream Public Media.