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Presidential Primary Election

The Ohio presidential primary election will be held on March 19, 2024 for registered and eligible voters of Ohio. Learn more about what's on the ballot and what you need to vote in this election below!

What are the Ballot Issues?

In addition to presidential primary candidates, Ohio voters will vote on various issues and candidates for offices outside of the presidency. Where you are registered and plan to vote will determine what the issues are on your ballot. Registered voters in Ohio are recommended to view their sample ballot and review the issues appropriate to them on the Ohio Secretary of State's website. Students registered and planning to vote outside of Ohio should locate their state's voter information at vote.gov to find their primary election date, view their sample ballot and learn about the issues in their home state.

When are the Presidential Primary Election Deadlines in Ohio? 

February 20 – Last day to submit or update your voter registration for March 19 presidential primary

February 21 – Absentee voting by mail and early in-person voting begins

  • March 12 – Absentee ballot application must be received by the Board of Elections in the county where you are registered to vote
  • March 17 – Early in-person voting ends
  • March 18 – Mailed absentee ballot must be postmarked
  • March 19 – Deadline to hand-deliver your absentee ballot at your county board of elections

March 19 – Presidential Primary Election Day with polls open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Students registered and planning to vote in their home state should locate their state's voter information at vote.gov to view their presidential primary election date and deadlines.

Why should I Vote in a Presidential Primary Election?

Although it is not the final presidential election, there will be many state and local issues on the ballot regardless of where you will be voting. These issues will have a variety of impacts on the campus, local, state and national communities in which you live. We encourage students to remain civically engaged, become informed voters and vote in every election for which they are eligible.

Does Ohio have an Open Presidential Primary Election?

Ohio is one of many states with an open presidential primary election. Voters can choose to vote for candidates of either political party or choose to vote only on the issues, regardless of current or existing party affiliation. When voting, voters must request which ballot they prefer. If a voter requests a political party-affiliated ballot, they will then be registered with or change their registration to that political party. Political party affiliations in Ohio can only be changed by requesting a different political party ballot in another primary election.

How can I Register, Vote, and Learn More?

On January 6, 2023, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Ohio House Bill 458, which made several changes to election laws, including changes to voter identification and absentee voting timeline requirements for all future Ohio elections. Those changes went into effect in April 2023. Please utilize the resources below to learn more and develop a voting plan for upcoming elections.

Ohio Voter Information

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