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Voting

We have gathered together all the information that you need to ensure that you can practice your right to vote in Richland County.  Our staff is also ready to help guide you in the right direction for answers to any questions you might have in the registration process.

Where do I Vote?

The Richland County Board of Elections offers Voter View, which allows users to see where their voting location is once their name, date of birth, and election they want to vote in. 

Qualifications to Vote

According to the Ohio Secretary of State you must meet the following qualifications to be eligible to vote:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
  • You are not incarcerated for a felony conviction under the laws of Ohio, another state, or the United States
  • You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
  • You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws

Register to Vote

You must register to vote no later than 30 days before an election. You can pick up a voter registration form at any of our library branches or the form can be downloaded.

The library will be happy to hand deliver your registration form or you can send your form to the:
Richland County Board of Elections
1495 West Longview Ave., Suite 101
Mansfield, OH  44906

The Ohio Secretary of State also offers the option of registering to vote online. You will need to provide an Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Early Voting

You may vote early at the Richland County Board of Elections beginning 28 days before an election. Early voting for the general election will begin on October 5, 2021. Check the calendar for early voting times.

Absentee Ballot

If you are unable to make it to vote on November 2 or would prefer to look over your ballot at home, you can fill out an absentee ballot application. The library would be happy to hand-deliver your completed application to the Board of Elections of if you prefer, you can mail them to the Richland County Board of Elections.

Sample Ballot

Be prepared to vote by looking at your ballot ahead of time. The Richland County Board of Elections provides voters a Registration Information Sample Ballot.

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Learn About Candidates / Issues

Important Dates

SEPTEMBER
September 17: Military and Overseas Absentee Voting begins

OCTOBER
October 4: Deadline to Register to Vote

October 5: Absentee Voting by Mail begins (ends November 1)

October 5: Early In-Person Voting begins

October 30: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot (Noon)

NOVEMBER
November 1: Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date

November 2: General Election: Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

November 2: Absentee Ballots May Be Returned by Mail or Personally Delivered to Your County Board of Elections. If Not Returned by Mail, Absentee Ballots Must Be Received by Your Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m.

November 12: Last day for boards to receive mail-in ballots that have been postmarked on or before November 1.

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library subject guides are assembled by our reference team. Please contact the reference department at 419.521.3110 if you would like more help with this subject.
Last updated on 9/10/21

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