Voting Rights

Large "Vote Here" sign in front of the Shriver Center, with several candidate and issue yard signs .
Exercise Your Right to Vote

Why Should I Vote?

Democracy in the United States depends upon and expects citizens to be engaged at the national, state, and local levels by exercising their right to vote. Your vote supports candidates you believe in and issues you believe will produce outcomes that improve your community and your way of life. Some consider voting a duty. All should consider it a privilege. Many people fought for and made great sacrifices to extend voting rights to all citizens.

Where Can I Vote?

Residential college students who are U.S. citizens may choose to vote in their hometown or at school in their college town if they have resided there for thirty days and are 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election.

How should I make this decision?

  • Vote where you consider home to be.
  • Vote where the ballot issues matter most to you.
  • Vote where you are involved in the community.

How Can I Register to Vote?

Register before the deadline in the state where you intend to vote. The deadline to register in Ohio is October 11, 2022, for the November 8, 2022, general election.

Ohio Voter Registration Information

Ohio Voter Registration forms can be found at the Armstrong Circle desk and can be returned to the drop box next to them. All submitted forms will be mailed to the appropriate Board of Elections by the Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service.

You can also get information and forms online at the Ohio Secretary of State Elections and Voting website. Click on the "Voter Registration Form" to either complete the form online or download a PDF form. Even forms filled out online MUST be printed, signed, and mailed to the Secretary of State's office (address on the website) or the Butler County Board of Elections at:

Butler County Ohio Board of Elections
1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600
Hamilton, OH 45011-4742

Voter registration can be submitted anytime, but generally must be received 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

Completed and signed forms can be returned to these offices or mailed to the Board of Elections for Butler County or the Secretary of State's office. You can also register in person at the Butler County Board of Elections office on Princeton Road.

Online Voter Registration

Ohio residents with an Ohio driver's license or state ID can register to vote online. *Please note, if you choose this option, you will be registered to vote at the address that appears on your license or ID (not your residence hall or local Oxford address). This means that you will need to vote in person in the district associated with your license/ID unless you arrange in advance to vote via absentee ballot. 

Register to vote online

Other State Voter Registration Information

Information is available on the Vote411 or check the state's Board of Elections/Secretary of State website.

Deadlines and processes to register and vote vary from state to state. Additionally, opportunities for early voting and absentee ballot use will vary from state to state.

Visit Vote.Org for links to registration, absentee ballot, and early voting information for all of the states.

How to Vote in Oxford

Step 1: Confirm both your registration and polling location on the Butler County Board of Elections website.

Step 2: Ensure you have one of the following forms of ID to present at your polling site on Election Day (student IDs will not be accepted at the polls):

  • Voter Proof of Address Letter generated through Miami's Voter Registration application.
    • From the app, select "Local Address" and select "Generate Letter."
    • You can either print the letter or ensure that it is easily accessible in digital form to present at the polls
  • A current (non-expired) Ohio driver’s license or state ID card with your name and photo. The address on your license does not need to be current.
  • U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (address not required).
  • Unexpired government ID with your name, current address, and photo.
  • Original or copy of one of the following documents with your name and current address and dated within the last year:
    • Utility bill (including cell phone bill)
    • Bank or financial statement
    • Pay stub with your Oxford address
    • Government check
    • Credit card statement
    • Car registration
    • Speeding ticket
    • Ohio Hunting/Fishing License
    • Ohio License to Carry a Concealed Handgun

Step 3: Vote at your polling site on election day. (Don’t forget one of the forms of ID mentioned above!)

  • Residence Hall Students: If you are registered to vote using your Residence Hall address, your polling location is The Marcum Hotel & Conference Center at 951 E. Withrow St. (directions).
  • Off-Campus Students: Be sure to check your polling location on the Butler County Board of Elections Website.

If you do not have any of the above forms of identification, you may use the last 4 digits of your Social Security # as proof of ID, but you will have to vote using a provisional ballot. Find more information on provisional ballots.

How to Vote While Studying Abroad

If you are studying abroad, you can request an overseas ballot. More info from the Federal Voting Assistance Project (FVAP) on voting abroad can be found here:

How to Vote Early in Person

In Butler County, you can vote early in person at the Butler County Board of Elections, 1802 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, OH 45011 (directions) during early voting hours.

You must complete an Application for Absentee Ballot available at the Board of Elections, in order to cast an in-person early ballot.

Early Voting Hours

Visit the Butler County Board of Elections for this year's early voting hours. 

How to Vote Early by Mail 

Step 1: Complete, print and sign the Absentee Ballot Application form and return it by mail or in-person to:

Butler County Board of Elections
1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600
Hamilton, OH 45011

Step 2: When you receive your ballot and identification envelope in the mail, follow the instructions included and return your voted ballot by mail or via the drop box located outside the Board of Elections office.

To make sure your absentee ballot is counted, it must be completely filled out and received by the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day OR be postmarked by the day before Election Day.  

General Information

The Voting page website has general information and links to registration, voting, and election information.

2022 Election Day

The general election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. In Ohio, polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.