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Find out how to register, determine your voting location, get a sample ballot and more.
Last Updated: Apr 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Websites about Voting & Politicians

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Websites for Election News

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Websites for Kids

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Online Collections about the Issues

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  • Columbus Dispatch
    Search the local newspaper for news about upcoming elections and candidates.
  • Issues & Controversies
    Not sure how to vote on national issues such as abortion, gay rights or nuclear power? Read through the facts and the pro/con debates offered here to make an informed decision.

Register to Vote

Register to vote by filling out a Voter Registration form.

Mail your completed form to your county’s Board of Elections postmarked no later than 30 consecutive days before the election. (Note: For the May 6, 2014 general election, you must register by April 7, 2014.)

You may also return your completed voter registration form in person to any of the following public offices:

Not sure if you’re eligible to vote? More information.

Not sure if you're already registered to vote? Check here.


Request an Absentee Ballot

  • Mail your properly completed absentee ballot application to your county's Board of Elections as soon as 90 days before the date of an election or received by your county's Board of Elections no later than noon 3 days before the election.
  • Once you have received and filled out your absentee ballot, mail it back to your county’s Board of Elections office postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by boards of elections by 10 days after primary election to be counted.
  • Visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information about Absentee Ballot procedures.

Note: As a registered voter, absentee ballots will not be automatically sent to your mailing address. You must request a form by submitting this application to your county's Board of Elections office.


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Books about Voting & Democracy

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How to Win a Local Election: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide
A guide for anyone starting out in the campaign process, detailing what they need to accomplish along the way in order to win.

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Voting - Sarah De Capua
Help students understand about paying taxes, voting, running for public office, and serving on a jury.

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Looks at the history of voting and the election process, from ancient times to the present day.

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