VOTE: Election 2020
Make sure you’re registered, learn what’s on your ballot, get news and information about the candidates and issues, and find up-to-date voting information with the SmartNews election hub.



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6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

Unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with address
Military ID
Photo ID issued by the U.S. government or Ohio that has the voter’s name, current address, and an expiration date that has not passed
Original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and address
Original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and address
Original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and address
Original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and address
Original or copy of a current other government document that shows the voter’s name and address

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Can I vote by mail in Ohio?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

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What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your application must be received by October 31.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by November 2 and received within 10 days.

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Early voting
Oct. 6 (varies locally)


Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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General Election
November 3

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

.The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/5.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/5.

Ohio does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States


Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.


Vice President of the United States


Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.


Ohio Supreme Court


Jennifer L. Brunner (Democratic Party) is a judge of the Ohio Supreme Court. She assumed office on January 2, 2021. Her current term ends on January 1, 2027.

Brunner (Nonpartisan, Democratic Party) ran for election for judge of the Ohio Supreme Court. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on April 28, 2020.

Brunner was a judge on the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals from 2015 to 2021. She was elected to the court on November 4, 2014, to serve out the remainder of Judith French's unexpired term through December 31, 2016. She was elected in 2016 to a full six-year term. She joined the state Supreme Court in 2021 when she defeated Justice Judith French in the 2020 general election.