2021 Ohio Primary Election voting guide

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On Tuesday, May 4, Ohioans will once again have the opportunity to vote in the Ohio Primary. ON the ballot this time around are candidates for Dayton Mayor and Commission as well as Huber Heights Mayor and Council.

Voters will also decide on a number of local non-partisan issues, levies and bonds.

Primary Election Day 2021

Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

The deadline to register to vote in the May primary was April 5, 2021. Tap here for information on registering or updating your registration ahead of the November election.

Find out who is running and what they have to say on our Meet The Candidates page.

In-Person Early Voting

In the state of Ohio, citizens can vote up to twenty-nine days before the election, longer if they are in the military or overseas. You can check the full schedule as it is updated, early voting will take place here.

  • April 6-9: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 12-16: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 19-23: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 26-30: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • May 1: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • May 2: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • May 3: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting by Mail

Absentee ballots can be requested by filling out a request form, signing it and returning it to your county board of elections. Completed ballots must be received by the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on May 4 or postmarked by May 3 and received no later than 10 days after the election.

The Secretary of State offers the following steps to request and vote an absentee ballot:

  1. Complete the absentee ballot request form
  2. Once you have completed your application by providing all of the required information print and sign it.
  3. Mail the request form back to your own county board of elections.
  4. Wait to receive your ballot in the mail from your county board of elections. If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, you should call your county board of elections or you can track the status of your ballot request as well as your voted absentee ballot through the Voter Toolkit.
  5. Return your voted ballot. You can send it by U.S. Mail or deliver it in person to your county board of elections, but the return envelope containing your marked ballot must either be received by your county board of elections prior to the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

If you request an absentee ballot but choose to instead vote on election day, you must vote a provisional ballot.


There are many resources on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, that will make your trip to the polls easier:

  • CLICK HERE for your sample ballot
  • CLICK HERE to find your polling location
  • CLICK HERE to make sure you are actively registered to vote or were purged from voting rolls earlier this year

Identification Requirements

Every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must give their full name and current address and provide proof of identity, according to the Ohio Secretary of State.

The forms of ID that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state ID card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct
  • A military ID
  • An original or copy of a current* utility bill with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current* bank statement with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current* government check with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current* paycheck with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current* other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

*Current is defined by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office is as within the last 12 months.

Local information

Click on the name of your county to go to the board of elections website where more information on absentee voting, ballot measures and races can be found:

Miami Valley Counties:

All of Ohio:

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