Office of Student Life

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OSU Votes

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The Office of Student Life’s OSU Votes is a student-led movement to register, educate and encourage other students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University.

OSU Votes is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election.

Have questions about OSU Votes? Contact us at osuvotes@osu.edu 

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Register to Vote

Every student at The Ohio State University who is a citizen of the United States of America has the right to register to vote using their campus address in the county their OSU campus is located in. There are many ways to verify your campus address, update your voter registration, and find your polling location. You can now register to vote online!

https://osu.turbovote.org/ 

OSU Votes Student Ambassadors also host tabling event to help students register to vote. It only takes a few minutes to register and our trained Ambassadors will walk you through the voter registration form. No appointment necessary. All you need to do is show up!

Big Ten Voting Challenge

Ohio State is proud to participate in the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Help us beat the other Big Ten schools by showing up with high registration and voter turnout rate! Need to learn more about how to get registered or how to vote? Reach out to us and we can help.


Make Your Voter Plan

OSU Votes wants to make it as easy as possible for you to make your plan for voting. Use our easy form to make your voter plan so you are confident and prepared to vote!

go.osu.edu/mvp


Request a Workshop

Do you want to learn more about upcoming elections? OSU Votes offers virtual workshops which we provide to any member of the Ohio State community at no cost. By attending a workshop, participants can learn:

  • How to register to vote in Ohio
  • What identification to bring on Election Day
  • How to vote early or vote absentee
  • Where to vote on Election Day
  • Strategies to practice civic engagement in addition to voting
  • The role of young people in politics 
  • More about the primary process

Workshops are perfect for a class, student organization, residence hall, Greek organization, athletic team, etc. and can range in time from 10 minutes to one hour.

Request an OSU Votes workshop today!

OSU Votes has also digitzed most of their workshops into an asynchronous format hosted on our OSU Votes Carmen page. If you would like acess to the Carmen page for you, a group, a class, etc, please email osuvotes@osu.edu.


Find Your Polling Location

The Ohio Union continues to serve as an official polling location. It is the polling location of many of the on-campus students, particularly those who live on South campus. There are many polling locations that both on-campus and off-campus students vote at, and students who are registered to vote in Ohio can confirm their polling location at: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/toolkit/polling-location/. All of these locations will be following an increased cleaning protocol in alignment with Secretary of State LaRose's guidance to make sure people can vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Get Involved as an OSU Votes Ambassador!

OSU Votes is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election and our OSU Votes Ambassadors are the team who makes that happen. OSU Votes Ambassadors meet weekly to learn about civic engagement and social justice issues and plan civic engagement programs and initiatives. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open closed. Check back in Spring of 2023 for information to join next year


Nationally Recognized

The Ohio State University,  has been included in Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.

As a result of the work from student volunteers in OSU Votes, Ohio State was named a "Voter Friendly Campus" for 2020-2021. This distinction is managed by the non-partisan Campus Votes Project and NASPA - Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education. Ohio State becomes one of only 83 schools in the nation to earn this distinction. 

OSU Votes was also awarded a "Bronze Seal" for work promoting student voter turnout in the November 2016 election. The Bronze Seal was awarded by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to institutions with student voter turnout between 50% - 59%. View the full list of campus award recipients. 

Join OSU Votes, and be a part of our award winning team!


Voter Registration Resources

Learn more about important dates, frequently asked questions, and valid voter identification.