Oberlin College seeks to prepare students to become engaged and informed citizens by providing essential resources to vote in local, state, and national elections.

Two students seated on a bus, holding up a voting guide for Lorain County.
Photo credit: Zoë Madonna ’15

Ohio Voting Disruption due to Covid-19

To all students who are registered to vote in Oberlin: Absentee voting for the March 17, 2020, primary election has been extended. You must request an absentee ballot by mail, and then return it by mail. Ballot requests must be received by April 25 and ballots returned by April 28.

How to Register and Vote in Ohio

February 18, 2020 is the deadline to register to vote in the spring primary on March 17, 2020.

Registration Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 on November 3, 2020 

  • You must register at the street address of your current dorm/house/coop. If you changed dorms since you last registered, you need to re-register!

  • You need to know the last four digits of your social security number.

  • Submit your registration form as early as you can.

Voter Registration Forms

Voter registration forms are now available at the Research Help Desk in the Terrell Main Library’s Academic Commons (first floor of Mudd Center) and the science library in the Science Center. Students may pick up, fill out, and drop off their forms at the desk. Completed forms will be taken to the Board of Elections well in advance of the February 18 deadline.

You can confirm your registration and address at voterlookup.ohiosos.gov .

Election Day

When is the primary election?

March 17, 2020 is Ohio Primary Election Day. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Where do I vote in Oberlin?

Your voting/polling location is either Philips Gym (for the majority), or Mount Zion Baptist Church located at 47 Locust Street. If you would like to verify your polling location, visit the Lorain County Board of Elections .

What do I bring to vote?

If you live in on-campus housing, you will receive a utility bill by email. (These used to come by OCMR). This bill can serve as your form of identification. 

Off-campus students, check the voter ID requirements on the Ohio Secretary of State website. If you don’t have the proper ID, you may vote by provisional ballot. This takes a bit longer—please plan accordingly.

How do I learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot?

A good place to start is with the League of Women Voters vote411.org for non-partisan information. You can also see a sample ballot at the board of elections website.

How do I ensure I can vote if I have a disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Voting Rights Act (VRA) both legally require polling locations to provide accommodations for voters with disabilities. Specifically, the VRA legally allows voters with disabilities to select a person to assist them with voting, with some restrictions on who can be selected. If a polling location does not have adequate access ramps and accommodations for voters with physical disabilities and mobility impairments, election workers must offer alternative means for voting.

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