Deadline to Register to Vote is One Week Away

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that the deadline to register to vote in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election is one week away, on February 16th.

Register to Vote/Update Your Address

The deadline to register to vote in the March 15, 2016 Primary Election is February 16th (30 days before the election). Voter registration forms are available at, county board of elections and local libraries. If sent via U.S. mail, registration forms must be postmarked by February 16th to be considered valid. All 88 county boards of elections, including the Secretary of State’s office in downtown Columbus, will be open until 9:00 p.m. on February 16th to accept registration forms.

Voters can also check their voter registration status, update their information and utilize the Online Change of Address System at All Ohioans are encouraged to confirm and update their registration on or before February 16th, particularly if a voter has not voted in a long time, changed their name or changed their residence.

Voter Toolkit

The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.

Military & Overseas Voting

Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on January 29th. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting or for overseas voters. There they can download the Federal Post Card Application, register to vote and request an absentee ballot, read through frequently asked questions, track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders via email and social media. All voters can also contact their county board of elections directly for more information.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person

All Ohio voters may begin voting on February 17, 2016 (first day after the close of registration) via in-person and by mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit

Get Election Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker

All voters are encouraged to connect with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get election information and updates throughout the year. Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the General Election. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.