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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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Absentee Ballot Request Form Drop Boxes

The Ohio voter registration deadline has passed, but you can still request an absentee ballot through noon on October 31.

OSU Votes has worked with partners across campus to make absentee ballot request forms available to you.* With each available absentee ballot form pile there is a corresponding Drop Box located at a staffed desk area. After filling out your absentee ballot request, you have the choice to mail it to your corresponding Board of Elections office OR if you are a Columbus campus student registering using your campus address you can simply drop your completed form in one of our drop boxes. 

Staff from OSU Votes will be circulating weekly to pick up any forms collected.

Columbus Campus Hub Drop Box Locations:

  • Morrill Tower (Residence Hall)
  • Drackett (Residence Hall)
  • Taylor House (Residence Hall)
  • Park Stradley (Residence Hall)
  • Morrison (Residence Hall)
  • Ohio Union Information Desk (D-Tix Desk)
  • Resource Room Front Desk (Located in the Keith B. Key Center within the Ohio Union)

If you staff one of these areas and run out of forms or if you would like to host forms or a drop box, please email us at osuvotes@osu.edu 

*Absentee Ballot Request Forms are for those registered in Ohio or if you would like to register in Ohio. If you would like to register to vote in a different state or request an absentee ballot for a different state please follow the instructions provided to you by your states Secretary of State website.


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.

Please submit the request form at least two weeks in advance of your requested workshop or tabling date. Requests will be considered for virtual programs and consultations. We will accept in-person workshop requests on a case-by-case basis this Fall, in alignment with COVID-19 protocol.


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.


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 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. Learn more about the challenge and how you can get involved!


 

Nationally RecognizedBronze Seal - Fall 2016 ElectionVFC Badge

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 2018-2019. 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.