Oberlin College seeks to prepare students to become engaged and informed citizens by providing essential information and resources to vote in local, state, and national elections.
General Election Information
This year’s general election is November 3, 2020. Registration for this election is closed. However, be sure to check with your home state for any recent changes to election rules. Whether voting in Ohio, absentee, or by mail, be sure you are prepared and know when and how you can submit (or cast) your ballot.
Learn Who and What is on the Ballot
Not sure who to vote for or what issues to support? View our series of videos and meet the candidates vying for your vote.
Plan Your Vote: Here’s How
Three Ways to Vote
Vote by Mail
If you have already requested a mail-in absentee ballot, voting by mail-in ballot is the best option. If you haven’t requested a ballot yet, you should vote early in person, or on election day.
- After some initial delays, many ballots have already arrived in Oberlin. Check your ballot status .
- When your ballot arrives, fill it out correctly. You don’t need a utility bill, but you’ll need to know your registration address (residence hall address, not OCMR) and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Look up your registration address .
- Return your ballot without delay by mail with proper postage. The cost is $0.70 or adhere two ‘‘Forever’’ stamps. As November 3 approaches, take your ballot of the post office and ask that it be ‘‘hand canceled.’’ This will prove that you have voted before November 3 and the ballot will be counted even if it arrives after election day.
- You also can consider delivering your ballot in person to the official dropbox at the Lorain County Board of Elections. You must deliver your own ballot.
Note: Should you change your mind after you request an absentee ballot, you can still vote early in person. However, If you wait until election day, you will have to vote provisionally. Do not discard your mail-in ballot. Here's what to do .
Vote Early in Person
- You can vote early in-person at the Lorain Board of Elections between October 6 through November 2. Check voting hours and get directions .
- You don’t need a utility bill, but you’ll need to know your registration address (residence hall address, not OCMR) and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Look up your registration address .
Vote at the Polls on Election Day
- Find your polling location .
- Be sure to bring a utility bill as part of your ID. The college will generate your utility bill in the last week of October and send it by email as a pdf attachment.