What you need to know for Ohio’s August primary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The deadline to register to vote for Ohio’s Aug. 2 primary is fast approaching.

Due to delays in Ohio’s redistricting process, the second 2022 primary will determine who will be on the November ballot for Ohio Senator, Ohio House Representative and Central Committee members. of State.

The deadline to register for the August primary is Tuesday, July 5.

Potential voters can register online. To do this, they will have to provide:

  • Ohio driver’s license or ID card number
  • Last name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • The last four digits of your social security number

If a person wishing to register cannot provide any of the above information, they are encouraged to print and complete a form which must be returned in person to their County Board of Elections.

Voters can also check their voter registration status online.

Early voting for the primary begins July 6 in Ohio’s 88 county election commissions. The early voting schedule is as follows:

  • July 6-8: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • July 11-15: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • July 18-22: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • July 25-29: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • July 30: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • July 31: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • August 1: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more details on the election, click here.

Absentee voting by mail

Voting by military and foreign absentees for the primary is underway.

To request a postal ballot, click here.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, August 1. However, completed absentee ballots can be dropped off at your county board of elections before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on August 2.

If you have requested an absentee ballot but choose to vote in person on election day, you will need to cast a provisional ballot.


There are many resources on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website that will make your journey to the polls easier:

  • CLICK HERE for your sample ballot, once finalized
  • CLICK HERE to find your polling station
  • CLICK HERE to ensure you are actively registered to vote

Identification requirements

Every voter, when coming to the polling place to vote, must give their full name and current address and provide proof of identity, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.

Identification documents that can be used by a voter who comes to a polling station to vote on election day include:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state ID card with current or former address as long as the voter’s current residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct
  • A military ID card
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill* with the voter’s name and current address
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement* with the voter’s name and current address
  • An original or copy of a current government check* with the voter’s name and current address
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck* with the voter’s name and current address
  • An original or copy of another current government document* (other than a voter registration notice mailed by an election commission) showing the voter’s name and current address.

*Current is defined by the Ohio Office of the Secretary of State as within the past 12 months.

Local information

Click or search for your county to go to the Board of Elections website where you can find more information about voting, including polling locations, polling metrics, and races:

Central Ohio:

All of Ohio:

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