Decide Where You Prefer to Vote
By law, college students may choose which address they use for voting, either their permanent home address or their address at school.  This is a personal decision.
  • All of the local candidates & issues in your home state.  Are there critical issues and races that are important to you, and that you want to help decide?  Engaging in local politics is vital to representative democracy.
  • Who will work across the aisle and promote bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate?  Are key members of Congress in your home district or here in Ohio?
Voter Registration Form @
The Voter Registration Form is used for both new voters and to update your Ohio voter registration.  Find forms in the science library during September-October or download from the Secretary of State voter information site: 
Deadline to Register: Oct. 9, 2018
Once you've decided where to vote, register before the deadline.
General Election, 2018:  Ohio deadline is October 9.
Other states:  or

If you registered some time ago, check your Ohio voter registration before October 9 @ VoterLookUp 
Any U.S. citizen can verify their registration at
Changed Dorms? Re-register!
You MUST update your voter registration when you change dorms or move off-campus, even though your OCMR remains the same.
Use the standard voter registration form @ – check “Updating my address”
Voter registration forms are also available in the science library up until the registration deadline.
Where Will You Vote?
Most on-campus students vote in Philips Gym, Woodland Street.  Look up your precinct and voting location at the Lorain County Board of Elections.  
View the precinct locations map for Oberlin [on Google drive for users]
Voter ID requirements
Ohio voter identification requirements
Note: out of state driver's license or passports (from any country) are not acceptable forms of ID.

On campus - Utility bill from Oberlin College.  Look for it in your OCMR mailbox and bring it with you when you vote.
Off-campus -
  • Open an account with the credit union or local bank.  A financial institution statement that includes your name and local street address is one of the easiest forms of ID to obtain and show when going to vote. 
  • OR vote by absentee ballot, which only requires the last 4 digits of your social security number for identification verification.  Request the absentee ballot at Lorain County Board of Elections site.
  • An official government document showing your name and street address works, too, such as a letter from an elected government official.
Voter Friendly Campus Initiative
November 6 is Election Day!
Oberlin College is participating in the Voter Friendly Campus initiative of  Voter Registration is happening in many places on campus.  Look for tabling in Mudd Center or your dorm.  The Science Library helps with voter registration all day long and is the drop-off location for completed voter registration forms.

Voter Friendly Campus logo
Submit Your Voter Reg Form
The Science Center Library is accepting voter registration forms until 5pm on October 9.  PLEASE make sure your form is completed accurately, fully and legibly.  You must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by November 6, 2018, in order to vote in the 2018 General Election.
Voter Guide @
The League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV Ohio) and the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area (LWVOA) collaborate to publish candidates' responses to questions posed by LWV and on all of the ballot issues.  Go directly to

Judicial candidates are profiled at
judicialvotescount.  Please consult both sources.
Liaison Librarian for Voter Information
Alison Ricker
Head, Science Library
Co-President, League of Women Voters of Ohio

Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Ohio.  Much of this information came from LWV Ohio or the Ohio Secretary of State website.
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