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Your vote matters. Make your voice heard this election day. 


Below we’ve highlighted essential voting information as well as a few sources to help you become a better-informed voter. For comprehensive voting and election info visit your county's Board of Election website or the website from the Ohio Secretary of State. 



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Important Dates Election 2020

October 5: New voter registrations and registration updates are due by 9 p.m.

October 6: Early in-person voting begins and is available through 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2

October 31: Applications for absentee ballots must be received by Board of Elections by noon

November 2: Completed absentee ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by Monday Nov. 2 and received within 10 days of Nov. 3

November 3: Election Day. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Completed absentee ballots can be dropped off at BOEs until 7:30 p.m.

Ways to Vote

You can vote safely and securely one of three ways: 

  • absentee by mail
  • early in-person voting
  • at the polls on election day 

Your Board of Elections and Ohio’s Secretary of State are working hard to ensure a safe and secure election. To help you vote safely and to protect the health of voters and poll workers, all Franklin County polling locations including the Early Vote Center will have personal protection equipment available including masks, gloves, plastic barriers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disposable styluses, and more. Read more at the Franklin County BOE website. 

Board of Elections (BOE) Contact Info

Franklin County BOE Mailing Address
(Voter registrations, absentee ballot request and completed absentee ballots can be mailed here.)

Franklin County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 182111
Columbus, OH 43218-2111

Franklin County BOE Address (Early Voting Center and  24/7 secure dropbox located here)
(Voter registrations, absentee ballot requests and completed absentee ballots can be dropped off in the dropbox 24/7 by appropriate deadlines.)

Franklin County Board of Elections
1700 Morse Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Franklin County Board of Elections

  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • Telephone: (614) 525-3100
  • Absentee Department Telephone: (614) 525-3470
  • Fax: (614) 525-3489
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Website:

Directory of all county boards of elections. Click here

What’s Available at the Library

  • Voter registration and information update forms
  • Absentee ballot request forms (see “Absentee Voting” for more info)

Voter Registration

New voter registrations and registration updates are due by 9 p.m., October 5. Voter registration or information updates are available at the library. Have you moved or has your name changed? Don’t forget to update your registration!

Check your registration here 

Options to register or update:

  • Online: Register or update online here.
  • Mail in: Pick up a form at the library or print your own here. Fill out and mail to your county board of elections (See BOE contact info above)
  • Drop off: Pick up a form at the library or print your own here. Fill out and drop off at your county Board of Elections. Franklin County BOE dropbox available 24/7. (See BOE contact info above)

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is a three step process:

  1. Request an application (pick up an application at the library, print your own from Franklin County BOE page or Ohio Secretary of State page, or call your county BOE)
  2. Fill out and turn in application (by mailing or dropping off at your county Board of Elections)
  3. Receive ballot by mail, mark selections, fill out ID envelope and return ballot by deadline.

Deadline for requesting an absentee ballot:

  • October 31 by noon. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by your Board of Elections by noon, October 31. Note: the applications must have physically reached your county BOE by noon as the BOE mails out ballots for the last time at noon. This is to ensure ballots can be completed and returned in time to be counted. 

Deadline for returning a completed absentee ballot:

  • Postmark by Monday Nov. 2, 2020 and received within 10 days of Nov. 3, 2020
  • Drop off at your Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020. 
    • Ballots can be dropped off in the secure dropbox of your county Board of Elections.

Track your ballot here.

Early In-Person Voting

Early in-person voting is available October 6-November 2. 

View the early voting schedule for Franklin County Board of Elections here

Franklin County Early Voting Center
1700 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229

Other county early voting centers

Voting schedule 

Election Day Voting, November 3

  • Polls are open for in-person voting 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Bring a valid form of ID such as an unexpired photo ID, military ID, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck. Find more info on ID requirements here. 
  • Find your polling location here.

Informed Voter Resources

We encourage all voters to educate themselves on candidates and issues and to carefully evaluate sources of information. A "one-stop-shop" for election related information from the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Provides nonpartisan information with both general and state-specific information including many of the topics above as well as factual data on candidates and a preview of what is on your ballot.

Newsbank: Access local, regional, and national news including the Columbus Dispatch. Full-text news resource containing comprehensive coverage of current issues and events from the four major leading newspapers in Ohio & more.

Politifact: PolitiFact is a nonprofit, fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

FactCheck: FactCheck is a nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Allsides: AllSides is a news website that presents multiple sources side by side in order to provide the full scope of news reporting. AllSides uses a patented bias rating system to classify news sources as left, center, or right leaning.


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