Make your voice heard. Vote on November 3, 2020
With 2020 marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Women's Right to Vote, The Ohio State University at Mansfield encourages everyone, both male and female, to honor that right and vote. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard.
"I vote because many people have fought for us to have this privilege,” said Emily Rich, an Ohio State Mansfield student majoring in early childhood education. “We cannot ever take the privilege of being able to vote for granted."
Ohio State Students are up for the challenge
OSU Votes is a nonpartisan student-led movement to educate and encourage all Ohio State students to vote. The group, which fosters civic engagement, has a very big goal for the upcoming election. OSU Votes would like to see 80 percent of all Ohio State students vote in the presidential election on November 3. This is significantly higher than the 59 percent of students who voted in 2016.
“Our group exists to make sure students feel empowered to cast their vote because it is important,” said Alyssa Johnson, Office of Student Life coordinator of Service and Outreach and advisor to OSU Votes.
You have voting options
To help you through the voting process here are some things to know.
- You can still request an absentee ballot. You have until noon on October 31 to request your absentee ballot in Ohio. If you request an absentee ballot, make sure it is postmarked by November 2, or drop it off at your Board of Elections on Election Day by 7:30 p.m. On your ballot, be sure to sign your name. About 11,000 unsigned absentee ballots were thrown out in the March primary. Did you know you can track your absentee ballot?
- You can still vote early! Early voting is open in most counties until November 2, but you should always check your county Board of Elections for days and times before heading out to vote.
- You can go vote in person on November 3. Check your voter registration status and find your polling location before you go.
Please note that you can only vote in the county and precinct assigned to you based on your official residence. You can find your voting location here.
Be prepared, know what you need to take
Don’t get turned away at the polls because you were not prepared. Have your ID ready. The following forms of identification are acceptable.
- A photo ID, such as a driver’s license or a state ID. This year, that could include an expired driver’s license. Because of COVID-19 shutdowns, the Secretary of State and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are allowing people to have an expired license as long as it falls between March 9 and Dec. 1, 2020.
- A military ID.
- A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement or paycheck that shows your name and current address.
- A BuckeyeLink statement of account for college students, also because it shows a current address and is an official document from an institution.
Please note that passports and your BuckID do not qualify as proper identification at the polls.
Looking for additional resources or motivation?
Vote411.org is an incredible website created by the League of Women Voters. On Vote411.org you can check your registration and even see what’s on the ballots anywhere in the United States.
Need motivation? Let’s beat That Team Up North! Ohio State is part of the Big Ten Challenge, which challenges all 14 Big Ten schools to try to get the biggest Election Day participation. All Ohio State Mansfield student voters will count toward the overall Ohio State voter turnout.