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Your Vote Counts! Who is on the ballot in the next election? How do I register to vote? Find the changes to early voting days and hours for the May 2014 primary ...and more

Voter Information

  • Absentee Ballots can be obtained by calling the Hamilton County Board of Elections at (513) 632-7000. You can also download a copy to mail in.

  • Vote411 provides a customized ballot, candidate profiles, Election Information You Need full ballot language information, and, post-election results. Data is supplied by the League of Women Voters, candidates, and the Board of Elections.

  • Download the 2014 Ohio Election Calendar (PDF)

  • Rule Changes in Effect for the May Primary:
    Early Voting Days & Hours: On January 15th, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued Directive 2014-01 setting uniform early voting days and hours for all counties in Ohio. They are:
    -8am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, from April 1 through April 4;
    -8am to 9pm on Monday, April 7, 2014 (the deadline for voter registration);
    -8am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, from April 8 through April 11;
    -8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, from April 14 through May 2; and
    -8am to 12pm on Saturday, May 3.

What is a Primary Election?
A primary election is an election that narrows the field of candidates before an election for office. Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for an upcoming general election. This kind of election is necessary if two or more candidates from the same political party are running for the same political position. The victor will then run in the general election against opposing party candidates. The primaries take place months before the general election.

Who can vote in a Primary Election?
A resident must register to vote at least 30 days before the election. The deadline for registering to vote in this year's primary is April 7. In order to be eligible to vote in the state of Ohio, you must meet the minimum voting age of 18. You may register to vote before turning 18 years of age as long as you will have reached the age of 18 before the next general election (November 4). Voters 17 years of age who will turn 18 on or before the general election date may register to vote and vote a 17 year old voter ballot in the primary election. The 17 year old voter ballot only includes races that carry over to the general election.

Party Affiliation
In order to vote for candidates in a primary election you must be affiliated with a specific party. Since the purpose of primary elections is for each party to choose its candidates for the general election, only voters who are registered with a particular party may vote for that party's candidates. For example, Democratic voters may only vote for Democratic candidates in the primary election.

There may also be issues on the Primary ballot and an elector can request an issues only ballot if he/she does not want to declare a political party and vote for candidates. Some examples of issues that may be on a Primary ballot can be tax levies for schools or cities, liquor laws, charter amendments, etc.

Why Primary Voting is Important
Every ten years the political party that holds the majority in Ohio General Assembly sets the district lines for the state. Because they may draw the lines to make a district's registered voters predominantly of their party, known as gerrymandering, the candidate elected in the Primary is usually assured of winning in the general election. Many times the competitive race is the primary and not the general election.

Quick Voting Tips for Ohio

  • Remember to bring proof of identity to the polls when you vote. To learn more about acceptable forms of identification, visit the Ohio Secretary of State's website
  • The polls are open 6:30 a.m- 7:30 p.m.
  • To find your voting location in Hamilton County go to Vote411 or call the Hamilton County Board of Elections or the League of Women Voters (513-281-8683).
  • You may register at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, any municipal building, any branch of the Hamilton County Public Library or at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, 824 Broadway.
  • Voter registration closes 30 days before a General, Primary or Special Election. To inquire about your voter registration or where you vote contact the Hamilton County Board of Elections

Registration and Voting in Ohio

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to changeVoter Registration your party, your address, your name? What will happen on Election Day?
  • LWVCA Voting Facts covers information on who may vote, how to register, absentee voting, election day voting and provisional ballots.
  • Online Voter Registration Form from the Hamilton County Board of Elections
  • Click here to find out if you are registered to vote with the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
  • Click here to request an absentee ballot from the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
  • Click here for voter registration information if you live in Warren County.
  • Click here for voter registration information if you live in Butler County.

Informed Voter

Voting in Kentucky

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Voting in Indiana

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