The Oct. 5 deadline to register to vote for the 2020 General Election is fast approaching.  Registering to vote is easy. Registration forms can be completed at local libraries, at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections or you on-line at, the Ohio Secretary of State website.  Their website also allows you to change your address, and check if your registration is current.  

 You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

You are a citizen of the United States.

You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18).

You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.

You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States.

You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.

You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in Ohio. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.

Voters have to be regularly purged from the records, make sure you are not the list. The next purge will be after the November 3rd General Election. You can check out the current purge list at Vote in this election to remove your name from the list.  If you see a name of someone you know - tell them to vote!

Being a registered voter is not the only way for your name to be in the jury pool. Having a driver license also does that, so don’t use that as an excuse to not be registered and VOTE!

Mary Howe

League of Women Voters of Ashtabula County




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