BOARD OF ELECTIONS

 VOTER INFORMATION

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

You are qualified to vote if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • IF you are 17, but will be 18 on or before the day of the general election, you may vote in the primary election (earlier in the year) for candidates only, but not on issues.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election.
  • You are not in prison for a felony conviction under the laws of the United States, the state of Ohio, or any other of the United States.
  • You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  • You register to vote at least 30 days before the election.

How is residency determined?

By law, your residence is the place to which, whenever you are absent, you have the intent to return.  If you continuously reside outside of Ohio for a period of four years or more, you are not a resident of this state for voter registration purposes, except if you are absent from Ohio because of federal or state government employment, including military service.  Leaving for temporary purposes, such as school attendance, does not result in a change of residence for voting purposes, unless you register in the area where you are currently residing.

Can a student vote from his/her school address?

Yes, if the student regards that place as his/her residence and registers to vote.   Otherwise, the student must vote in his/her home community or by Absentee Ballot if he/she is registered there.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO BE REGISTERED?

Yes, except for members of the armed forces serving on active duty.  Their spouses and dependents are also exempt if they left Ohio to be with the service member.

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

  • Any County Board of Elections or the Secretary of State's Office.
  • Branch registration offices or locations established by the board of elections.
  • Any public high school or vocational school.
  • Any Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office.
  • Office of designated agencies which provide public assistance or disability programs.
  • Public libraries.
  • County Treasurer's Office.
  • By mail. You can print the voter registration form and mail it to the Medina County Board of Elections at:

P.O. Box 506

Medina, OH, 44258

This form MUST be a SIGNED ORIGINAL.

Print Voter Registration Form

Provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  

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NOTE:  Effective January 1, 2004, as a result of the "Help America Vote Act", persons registering by mail and voting for the first time in a federal election must provide identification by:

  • Providing a current Ohio driver's license number on the voter registration form, OR
  • Providing the last 4 digits of his/her social security number on the voter registration form

Otherwise, the person must provide identification when voting on election day. This may be in the form of:

  • A current, valid photo identification showing his/her name, OR
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing his/her name and address.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR 2014

For the May 6th Primary Election: April 7, 2014

For the August 5th Special Election: July 7, 2014

For the November 4th General Election: October 6, 2014

 

WHAT IF I MOVE  OR CHANGE MY ADDRESS OR NAME?

If you are now registered and move within the state or same county or change your name, you must report the change to the board of elections by completing a voter registration form at the locations stated above or by mail.

You may also complete a notice of change in voting status and file it with the court when you apply for a marriage license or when your name is changed by court order.

If you do not report the change by the 30th day before an election, please read "Exceptions" below.

Exceptions: 

If you have moved within Medina County, you should vote at the polling place for your new address.  

If you change your name and/or move from one precinct to another in your county, you may report the change and vote by appearing at the Board of Elections during the absentee voting period,  or on election day you may go to the polling place in the precinct in which you reside, or go to the Board of Elections Office.

Please call us if you have any questions.   

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