VRM in the States: Ohio

February 1, 2017

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Online Voter Registration: Ohio launched online voter registration through the Secretary of State’s office in 2017. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
  • Portability: Registered voters who move to a new precinct within the state without updating their registration can cast a provisional ballot on Election Day. For the provisional ballot to count, those who move within their county must cast their ballot either at their new polling place or at a location designated by the local board of elections, while those who move to a new county must cast their ballot at a location designated by the local board of elections. Registered voters who move within the same precinct can complete a change of address form at their polling place and cast a regular ballot.
  • Electronic Pollbooks: Fourteen out of 88 Ohio counties used electronic pollbooks to sign in voters in 2014.