Early voting


To vote by mail, send your application to the board of elections by noon on Saturday, Nov. 1. Your voted ballot must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or by Nov. 14 if postmarked by Monday, Nov. 3. Return postage of your voted ballot is prepaid by the county.

To vote an absent voter ballot for the November 4, 2008 General Election in person before Election Day, go to Franklin County Veterans Memorial located at 300 West Broad Street in downtown Columbus.

Weekday Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 7 PM beginning September 30 and ending November 3. Saturday Hours: From 8 AM until 5 PM on October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1. Sunday Hours: From 1 PM until 5 PM on October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2.

Election Day


Polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to vote a regular ballot on Election Day. Acceptable forms of identification are:

A current and valid photo identification (such as Ohio driver license card, state ID card, government ID). Photo identification must show name and current address (except that Ohio driver license or State ID card does not need to show current address if the address in the poll book is current); or
A military identification that shows the voter's name (does not need to show address); or
A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document (including from a public college or university) that shows the voter's name and current address.

Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the voter's social security number and by casting a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot. If identification is not provided at the time the provisional ballot is cast, the provisional voter may provide a valid form of identification in person at the Board of Elections during the 10 days following Election Day.

Franklin County Board of Elections
280 East Broad Street, Room 100
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614.462.3100
Fax: 614.462.3489