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OSU Votes

Group photo of OSU VotesNext Election - Tuesday May 8th!

Register to Vote in Ohio!

Request an Absentee Ballot!

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 and national election. 

We are currently recruiting OSU Votes Ambassadors for Fall 2018! The application will be posted here on our website beginning Monday March 19, 2018. Check back soon!

For more information, please email Matt Van Jura at


Register to Vote

OSU VotesEvery student at The Ohio State University who is a citizen of the United States of America has the right to register to vote in Franklin County using their campus address. 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! 

In 2018, elections are scheduled for the following dates (Registration deadlines noted in parenthesis)

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 Student Ambassadors will walk you through the voter registration form. No appointment necessary. All you need to do is show up!

Currently there are no tabling events scheduled.

Big Ten Voting Challenge

Ohio State is proud to participate in the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Learn more about the challenge and how you can get involved!

Receive Election Day Reminders & Register to Vote through TurboVoteOSU Votes

TurboVote simplifies the voting process so that you, the voters, can focus on the candidates and issues presented on the ballots. However, you must take the first step and register online now. Voting not only allows each individual to make their voice heard, but also for our community to contribute towards making decisions that affect us all.

When you sign up at the link below, you have the ability to access everything needed to register to vote. You can stay registered if you move, vote absentee, and receive reminders regarding upcoming elections.

Please sign up now:

Nationally RecognizedBronze Seal - Fall 2016 ElectionVFC Badge

As a result of the work from student volunteers in OSU Votes, Ohio State was named a "Voter Friendly Campus" for 2017-2018. 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 Workshops

Does your student organization or group want to register to vote and learn more about upcoming elections?  If so, you can request for an OSU Votes Student Ambassador to come to your organization's meeting and facilitate a workshop.

Sign-up for a workshop.

Voter Registration Resources

Check out some great voter registration resources including important dates and deadlines.