Voter Registration Information
Thank you for being a voter!
Tri-C proudly supports civic engagement year-round with the help of students, faculty and staff.
2020 Voting Dates - Ohio Presidential General Election - Nov. 3, 2020
For the General November 3rd Election - your voter registration must be in place.
- The last day to register is Monday, October 5th. Register online at VoteOhio.gov
- Once you're registered - choose how you want to vote. There are three choices:
- Early Voting - October 6th - November 2nd (including weekends) at one place in the County. In Cuyahoga County - that location is the Board of Elections (BOE) at E. 30th & Euclid. Details can be found at the BOE Website - 443vote.com
- Vote in person at your local polling location - 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location.
How to Vote-by-Mail
Once registered, you can request an Absentee Ballot - and Vote-by-Mail from home. The Vote-by-Mail process has a few steps and takes a few days/weeks.
Here are the key steps & dates:
- Step One - Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot - If you're registered - do this today! Fill out a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application form to request an absentee ballot. The latest this request can be received at the Board of Elections (BOE) is Saturday, October 31, at Noon. Note: Given the volume of requests, and the time needed to travel back and forth via USPS, sooner is always better. Also, there is no way to vote online. USPS or in-person delivery of your ballot to the BOE are the only choices.
- You can request a a Vote-by-Mail ballot in one of four ways:
- If you have Online Access & a Printer - Complete a form Online, print and mail to the Board of Elections - Head Here to start that process. Use the "Print Form" option when prompted. Note: There is no way to submit the form online, it must be mailed.
- If you have Online Access, but no Printer - Head to the Board of Elections website here - fill in your name & birthday to access the form - Use the "Mail Form" option.
- No Online Access? Call the BOE at 216-443-VOTE (8683) and ask the Board to mail you a Vote-by-Mail application.
- In Person - The BOE (2925 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland) - has an area just inside the back door where you can complete and drop your application. There also is a secure drop box in the parking lot to drop off the form.
- You can request a a Vote-by-Mail ballot in one of four ways:
- Step Two – Beginning October 6th - The BOE will begin mailing ballots to vote with from home. Get in line now and send in your request. Note - the process may take some time after your request is received.
- Step Three - Vote & then mail your completed ballot back to the Board of Elections. Currently, a stamp is needed on this step. Also, under state law, it must be postmarked by Monday, November 2. If you are unable to put it in USPS, then you can drop it off in the secure dropbox located in the Board of Elections parking lot - E. 30th & Euclid in Cuyahoga County - by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd.
Track Your Ballot
New to Vote-by-Mail? Just like you track a package, the Board of Elections (BOE) lets you track the progress of your request and ballot on their website. Head here.
2020 Voting Dates - General Election
This is a Presidential Election year.
All four Tri-C campuses join to host Voter Registration events in conjunction with Constitution Day (9/17) through National Voter Registration Day (9/22). In an era marked by COVID-19, Tri-C Democracy Fellows are working with Government Relations, the Mandel Scholars Program, and Student Life to create virtual, online voting events - stay tuned!
- Thursday, September 17 – Constitution Day
Look for announcements later this Summer.
- Tuesday, September 22 – National Voter Registration Day (NVRD)
Tri-C is a national partner in this effort. We were proud to lead the County in Voter Registrations in 2017, 2018 and 2019. We're looking forward to our Students and Student Life participants, working in concert with Government Relations and our Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows, to achieve new goals in 2020.
- October 5 – Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election
- October 6 – Vote-by-Mail ballots begin being mailed out for the General Election
- Think about making October 20th your due date to return a voted ballot - this gives USPS two full weeks to return your ballot by mail.
- October 31 at Noon – The last possible day applications for Vote-by-Mail absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 General Election must be received by the Board of Elections (by noon.)
- November 2 - Your voted ballots must be mailed via USPS and postmarked by today.
- November 3 – General Election Day 2020 (If not mailed by yesterday, Vote-by-Mail Ballots must be dropped off in a secure box in the Board of Elections parking lot by 7:30 p.m.)
Voter Registration can be completed online.
Vote-by-Mail requests must be printed, filled in and mailed or dropped off at the BOE.
Voted Vote-by-Mail ballots must be mailed or dropped off at the BOE.
Ohio Online Voter Registration - Secretary of State - VoteOhio.gov
Are You Registered to Vote?
We have three questions for you ...
- Have you moved in the last five years?
- Have you changed your name?
- If you answered yes to the first two - your Voter Registration must be updated.
- Have you ever registered to vote? If no, sign up today and show the country that #TriCVotes!
Tri-C has joined with Google, fb, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) and thousands of partners across the country to annually celebrate American democracy with National Voter Registration Day the fourth Tuesday of each September. We are so proud to lead the County in Voter Registrations for the past three years.
Remember to Register to Vote, so your voice can be heard each election cycle. It's one way you can truly help change the world.
- All Ohioans can register/make updates online at VoteOhio.gov– with a valid address, an Ohio ID or Driver’s License, and last four digits of your SS#
- If you don’t have those at the moment, no worries. Simply fill out a paper form. Download it here: - https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/4010.pdf. Fill it out, place in an envelope and mail it, or drop it off, to your local County Board of Elections.
Facts for Thought …
- In any five-year period, 45% of eligible voters will move – and voter registration doesn't’t travel with you. Each move requires you to update your address in order to keep voting.
- In half of the country’s most populous cities, less than 20% of the population voted and determined the next mayor. Register now to be heard in each Primary and November election. #TriCVotes