Oberlin College seeks to prepare students to become engaged and informed citizens by providing essential resources to vote in local, state, and national elections.
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.
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.
You can confirm your registration and address at voterlookup.ohiosos.gov .
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?
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.
More About Voting at Oberlin College
- Voter Friendly Campus Initiative (Office of the Dean of Students)
Oberlin College Designated a Voter Friendly Campus (news release)