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      What are the qualifications to register and to vote in Ohio?

      You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

      1. You are a citizen of the United States;
      2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before November 2, you may vote in the primary election for candidates, but you cannot vote on issues until you are 18);
      3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 consecutive days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
      4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state or the United States;
      5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
      6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

      You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 consecutive days after you are duly registered to vote in this state; however, you may request an absentee ballot during that period.

      How Do I Declare or Change Political Party Affiliation
      Under Ohio election law, you can change your political party at a Primary Election only.  This is done by requesting the ballot type for the political party you wish to be affiliated with.  ORC 3513.19, 3519.20
      If you do not want to be affiliated with a political party in Ohio, you are considered to be an unaffiliated voter.  An unaffiliated voter, which is identified by some people as an "independent voter", may only vote an Official Questions and Issues Ballot, if there are any present, for your precinct on Primary Election Day.  Unaffiliated voters can vote for candidates and issues in a November General Election.