April 5: Deadline to register to vote in time for the May 4 special/primary election

April 6: Special/Primary election early in-person and absentee voting begins

May 4: Special/Primary election 2021 (Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

July 6: Deadline for voter registration for Aug. 3 special election

July 7: Special election early in-person and absentee voting begins

August 3: Special election 2021 (Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

October 4: Deadline to register to vote in Nov. 2 general election

October 5: General election early in-person and absentee voting begins

November 2: General election 2021 (Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)


Ohio VOTES is COHHIO’s year-round, statewide, nonpartisan initiative to build civic engagement in Ohio’s low-income communities. Ohio VOTES works with housing providers, health centers, community centers, food pantries, homeless programs, and other nonprofits to help the people they serve exercise their right to vote and stay engaged in the civic debate.

Through voter education, leadership training, empowerment programming, coalition building, and providing voting resources including rides to the polls, Ohio VOTES activates Ohio voters who often go ignored by traditional political campaigning. By engaging them on issues that matter most to their own community and providing tools and resources, Ohio VOTES empowers residents and low-income communities to be their own advocates.

Ohio Vote is part of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, a network of nonpartisan voter advocates including ACLU of Ohio, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, League of Women Voters of Ohio, and more.

Contact OhioVotes@COHHIO.org for more information.

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Ready for Election 2021? Register to vote by April 5 to vote in the May 4 Primary & Special Election

Year-round Nonpartisan Voting Programming & Assistance

  • “Every Vote Matters” Voter Engagement Campaign – UU Justice Ohio will be leading a statewide voter engagement campaign with events throughout the year. Contact JOAN VANBECELAERE at  JoanVanB@aol.com with questions or concerns.

  • Engaging Food Banks – We will continue to engage with food banks and other direct service organizations. If you are looking to engage with food banks directly, reach out to NICK BATES, HUNGER NETWORK IN OHIO at Nick@OHVoice.org with questions or concerns.

  • Voting in Jails – We’re in need of volunteers to both join existing jail voting programs and also help start new ones. IFEOLU CLAYTOR, ALL VOTING IS LOCAL – Contact him at ifeolu@allvotingislocal.org with questions or concerns

  • Voting is Social Work – Are you or someone at your organization a social worker? Learn how voting can be incorporated into your practice or outreach efforts. Contact STEPHEN DAVID, OSU COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORKdavid.54@osu.edu with questions or concerns

  • Engaging Affordable Housing Developments – We continue to connect with housing providers to connect residents with resources and opportunities to register to vote. If you are interested in starting or continuing your program, please reach out to MARIA BRUNO, COHHIO (OHIO VOTES) at OhioVotes@cohhio.org with questions or concerns

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