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How Can an Eligible Voter Register to Vote in Ohio?

If you are a resident of the state of Ohio there are a great many ways that you can register to vote. You can register when you get your driver's license renewed at any Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, though you do not have to get your license renewed to register. You can go to any county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office to register. County treasurer's offices and public libraries also register people to vote. Or you can register by mail simply by filling out a form provided by the Secretary of State's office (though people who register by mail will have to present identification at the polling place where they vote).

The process of registering involves the eligible voter simply filling out a form at any of the locations listed above or other, temporary spots set up in conjunction with voter drives. Regardless of where an eligible voter registers, the registration form must be presented to one of the designated sites or have been postmarked by 30 days in advance of the election he or she wishes to vote in. For the upcoming November presidential election, that date is October 4, 2004.

Sources: Ohio Revised Code §3503.06, §3503.10, §3503.11, §3503.19