Disability Rights Ohio is mandated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (PL 107-252) to advocate for the rights of Ohio voters with disabilities and to assist the Secretary of State in fulfilling the Secretary's obligations to those voters under the federal law. Through this program, Disability Rights Ohio:
- educates individuals, communities, poll workers and boards of election about the voting rights of people with disabilities;
- monitors and investigates complaints about polling place accessibility and privacy;
- collaborates with other voting rights advocates for systemic change for people with disabilities;
- participates in the implementation of provisions of the Help America Vote Act affecting people with disabilities; and
- assists and represents individual voters in state-based administrative grievance processes.
This section provides information about voter rights and assistance for people with disabilities.
Early, In-Person Voting
Locations for early, in-person are different for each county. Voters should check with their county board of elections to find out where they can vote early.
Hours for early, in-person voting are the same in each county:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wedesday-Friday, October 12-14
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, October 17-21
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, October 24-28
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 29
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 30
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 31-Friday, November 4
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 5
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 6
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, November 7
Prospective voters must provide valid identification at the polling place. Voters who are in line when the polling place closes must be allowed to vote.
Watch for Absentee Ballot Applications in the Mail
If you are registered to vote, you should have received an application for an absentee ballot in the mail shortly after Labor Day.
If you want to vote by mail here is what you need to do:
1. Fill out the application when you get it
2. Send it to your local board of elections.
It is best to do this as soon as you can, but the county boards of elections must receive the request for an absentee ballot by noon on Saturday, November 5th.
You can either mail it back or can deliver it in person.
3. Watch for your absentee ballot in the mail
4. Complete the ballot
5. Return your ballot to your local board of elections. Check to make sure you have enough postage!
It is best to do this as soon as you can. November 7, the day before Election Day, is the last day you can send your ballot in the mail. However, you or an eligible family member can return the ballot in person to your local board of elections by 7:30pm on Election Day.
If you do not receive an application for an absentee ballot in the mail you should check to make sure you are registered to vote and your address is correct. You can do this on the Ohio Secretary of State's website.
You can also get a copy of the application for an absentee ballot on the Ohio Secretary of State website.
Voter Rights and Assistance
Individuals with Disabilities and Voting: The Glancy Consent Order
Is Your Polling Place Accessible?
Protect Your Right to Vote
Registering to Vote: Frequently Asked Questions
Voting Rights: Frequently Asked Questions (February 2016)