How to vote in the Ohio primary

Posted at 1:25 PM, Feb 17, 2016

CINCINNATI -- If you're registered to vote in Ohio, you can vote in the presidential primary starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Worth noting, however, is that you may only vote in one party's primary. Ohio voters request one party ballot at the polls -- but that ballot does not need to match a voter's registered party affiliation. So, for example, a voter who is registered as a Democrat (or not registered with any party) may go to the polls and request a Republican ballot to vote in the Republican primary.

Any voters who choose to vote unaffiliated my still vote for issues, such as parks or school levies.

If you're not sure about your Ohio voter registration status, you can check here or call your county board of elections.

To vote absentee:

  • Request your absentee ballot online or over the phone (phone numbers above).
    • To request online, click here. You'll be redirected to your county elections board website to get more information. You can also call to talk to someone and get more information.
    • You can't submit an absentee ballot online in Ohio. You can track your absentee ballot online, however.
    • NOTE: The deadline to submit an absentee ballot is the Saturday before election day at noon. Board of Election workers recommend you give yourself plenty of time before this to make sure your vote arrives (by mail) by Election Day.

Voting on Election Day:

To vote on March 15, be sure to check your precinct, voting hours and what issues and candidates you can expect on your ballot. Besides the president, of course.