Exercise your Rights and Serve Democracy:

Register, Serve and Vote

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs calls on all faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in this fall’s election.

Whether you want reform, change or restoration, your pathway to your policy preferences is through the ballot box. Federal, state, and local elections are the bedrock of America’s constitutional democracy and they provide you, as a citizen, the basic means to exercise your rights.

While COVID-19 has created challenges to participating in the electoral process, innovations in voting have made it easier to participate and stay safe.

How to Participate in Democracy:

Click each section for instructions and information.

Voter Registration Deadline:

Monday, October 5th, 2020

To register/update online visit:


You will need the following:

  • Name
  • Current Residential Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Ohio Driver’s License or State ID Number
  • Last Four Digits of Your Social Security Number
  • If you do not provide all of the above you will be prompted to print out a paper form to send to the Board of Elections.

Voters vote where voters live.

  • If you move or have a name change, you should update your registration.
  • It is helpful if you provide a phone number or email address so we can contact you if there are any problems.


  • Help keep voter rolls accurate
  • Update your registration to your new address; or
  • Cancel your registration by filling out a cancellation

Penmanship Matters!

  • Please fill out all voter registration forms legibly and in ink if possible. If you are sending a paper registration form, please send it in the mail – DO NOT email or fax – the Board of Elections needs your original, ink signature to process a paper form.

Are you a student?

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

You may only register and vote in one location!

If you are an OSU student, click here to connect with OSUVotes, a great nonpartisan election resource.

Here in Franklin County, there is a shortage of 3500 poll workers.

Your community needs you now, more than ever, to help out at the polls.

To qualify for this opportunity

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter in Franklin County
  • Have transportation to the polls on Election Day
  • Serve from 5:30 AM to at least 8:00 PM on Election Day

For your service, you will receive:

  • Paid training from the Board of Elections on Election Day procedures.
  • Compensation of at least $148 for training and Election Day service.

Additional compensation is available through:

Supplemental training - Location set-up on Mon, Nov. 2

Call 614.525.5393 or visit: WorkElectionDay.com

You have the right to vote in person on election day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (click here to find your polling place). The Office of the Ohio Secretary of State and county election boards are working hard and fast to make sure in-person voting is safe and secure during COVID-19.

But you can also vote early or absentee by mail.

Early Voting

In Franklin County you can vote early at the Franklin County Board of Elections on 1700 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43229

Oct 6-16

Weekdays Only, Monday-Friday

8AM – 5PM

Oct 19-23

Weekdays Only, Monday-Friday

8AM – 5PM

Oct 24


8AM – 4PM

Oct 25


1PM – 5 PM

Oct 26-30

Weekdays Only, Monday-Friday

8AM – 5PM

Oct 31


8AM – 4PM

Nov 1


1PM – 5PM

Nov 2


8AM – 2PM

If you live in a different county than Franklin County click here to find your early voting location.

Absentee Voting by Mail

Absentee Voting is a three step process:

  • Request an application, or download and print your own
  • Turn in application
  • Receive ballot, mark selections and fill out ID envelope and return ballot by deadline

Commonly missed items on forms:

  • Signature
  • Date of Birth
  • Last Four Digits of Your Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number

Track your Absentee Ballot from Request to Ballot Acceptance using BallotTrax.

Deadline for returning an absentee ballot:

  • Postmark by Monday Nov. 2, 2020 and received within 10 days of Nov. 3, 2020
  • Drop off at the Board of Elections by 7:30pm on Nov. 3, 2020

Make a request for an application by: Calling 614-525-3100 or visiting https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/Voters/

If you want to vote by mail remember to request your ballot sooner rather than later!

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