With the November election a week away, voter registration is now closed. Some students who do not live where they are registered are presented a confusing situation of where they can vote. 

Thankfully, Otterbein has been providing students help during this stressful time for our country.

With the #otterbeinVOTES initiative in full swing, students have resources available to them to help with in-person early voting or helping students who have never filled out an absentee ballot before because they are registered back home. Students can contact Center for Community Engagement for more information. 

Mail-in voting is playing a much bigger role this election cycle, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world over the last year. With some having never done this before, having university groups to help guide you through the process is helpful for first time voters. Information on how to get your ballot and mail it in is available on the Ohio Secretary of State website. 

          

For students who are not registered where they attend school, the state of Ohio allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. Absentee ballots have been a key issue for voters this election cycle, so local and state governments have put out a wealth of information on how to vote in your registered county. Absentee ballots must be postmarked before Nov. 3rd. Voters also have the options to vote in person at a polling location where they are registered or vote early as Ohio is one of the states that offers early voting. 

With Nov. 3rd rapidly approaching, voting groups are moving into crunch time to get people the information they need to be able to vote by the deadline. If you have any questions reach out to the university voting groups that will help get you your voting materials needed, or use Google to find your nearest polling station or government entity to help fill in any questions.