Do You Need an ID? (Restrictive)

Yes, voters must present a form of ID showing a photo, or name and present address.

Without ID, a voter may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if he can present an ID within 10 days.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Less restrictive)

No excuse is required to mail in an absentee ballot.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Expansive)

Felons are prohibited from voting while in prison.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Expansive)

Voters may cast absentee ballots in person beginning 29 days before an election until the Monday before Election Day at 5 p.m. In 2014, Ohio passed a bill eliminating one week of early voting, during which voters could also register and cast a ballot on the same day. Secretary of State John Husted also issued a directive eliminating early voting on Sundays, all evening hours and the Monday before Election Day. After a federal court declared the directive unconstitutional, Husted issued a new directive in June adding two half days of Sunday voting and the Monday before Election Day until 2 p.m. Both policies were blocked by a federal court Sept. 4, which found that the cuts disproportionately impacted the right of African-American and low-income voters to cast their ballots. That decision was upheld by a federal appeals court on Sept. 24. On September 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of the lower court's ruling, allowing, at least for now, the early-voting cuts to stand. Husted then issued a final directive that removed one of the half Sundays, but will allow voters to go to the polls a half-day the Sunday before the election, and Monday before Election Day until 2 p.m.



Absentee Voting Gets Easier

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. electorate voted by mail in 2012

Voting Early More Often

36 states allow people to vote in person before Election Day

Who Loses the Right to Vote

All but two states have laws that keep felons from voting

Voter ID Laws Gain Momentum

But many are also being challenged in court

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