BGSU Votes

BGSU Votes is a student-led initiative focused on voter and political engagement to increase the knowledge and develop the skills of students to engage in democracy, politics, policy making, and social action.  BGSU Votes is a campus resource for election information, presentations, and political engagement collaborations.  Contact us with any questions or requests.  Want to volunteer with BGSU Votes?  Complete our Volunteer Interest Form.


Registration deadline for November 6th election was October 9th, 2018

List of On Campus Addresses


Nonpartisan Issue and Candidate Guides, Debates, and Reports

What's on the Ballot

Election Day Information

Free Rides to the Polls

BGSU Votes, through a partnership with the Campus Election Engagement Project, is providing free rides to the polls for select early voting dates and on Election Day.

CALL OR TEXT 419-308-5952

Schedule a reservation between now and Election Day for the dates listed below OR call/text for on demand pick-up on the dates listed below.    Pick-up is available for any location in Bowling Green and is open to students, faculty, and staff.  Wait times will vary.

Early Voting

Saturday, November 3, 10AM – 4PM

Monday, November 5, 10AM – 5PM

Polling Location: Wood County Courthouse

Election Day

Tuesday, November 6th, 10 AM – 7:30 PM

Find your polling location below

Election Results Live

BG 24 and BG Falcon Media will provide live updates as the election results stream in on November 6th. Begins at 8:30 pm, EST.

On Campus Voter Identification Letter

As of September 10, 2017, on-campus student residents will have the ability to download a Voter Identification Letter via the MyBGSU Web Portal for voting in Wood County.  

  • Log into your MyBGSU Web Portal,
  • go to the Student Center, and find the section labeled, “Personal Information”.
  • Click on the drop down box and choose the option that says, “Voter Identification Letter”. 

If you do not have a current residence hall address, you will not be able to obtain a letter.   Print or display the letter on your phone on Election Day.   Questions? Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011.

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Text BowlingGreenU

to 555-888

Sign up for occasional text message reminders about upcoming elections and other voting information from the BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.  Message and data rates may apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

An absentee ballot allows you to vote by mail.  If you are a registered voter, your local board of elections will send out an absentee ballot application and corresponding deadline to submit. They will then send you your ballot by mail and you complete it and send it back to your local board of elections.

If you did not get an absentee ballot by mail, you can request one online at Remember, you must be registered to request an absentee ballot.

Students who live on campus must show photo ID as well as a proof of residency letter, which is accessible through Residence Life.

The identification necessary for students who live off campus is listed at this link

If you are voting early in person, you will need your Ohio Driver's License or State ID number or the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number.

Early voting is a convenient option to cast your ballot before election day.  Many voters are out of town on election day, cannot make it to the hours of voting on election day because of work, or other extenuating circumstances.

Each county handles early voting differently.  Before the election, determine the early voting location and times in the county in which you are registered to vote.  For those of you registered in Bowling Green, the early voting location is a short walk from campus at the Wood County Courthouse (located in the building with tall clock tower near downtown Bowling Green, or 1 Court House Sq., Bowling Green, OH).

If you are registered you can find your polling location using the state voter information website.

You can find the official address list on the Residence Life webpage: 

Yes, you will have to register using your address on campus or off campus address in Bowling Green.  

Many students decide to register to vote in the town they attend college/university.  As a student you have the right to register and vote in the place that you consider to be truly "home".  We recommend that you speak to your friends and family to help you make the decision about where you would like to vote.

The Journal on WBGU-TV

BGSU Votes Students and the Wood County Board of Elections Discuss Election 2018

2018 General Election

Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018

Early Voting Begins: October 10, 2018

Absentee Ballots Deadline: November 3, 2018

2018 General Election: November 6, 2018

Early Voting Dates and Hours

  • Oct 10-26, Weekdays only, 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturdays, Oct 27 and Nov 3, 8 am - 4 pm
  • Oct 29-Nov 5, Weekdays only, 8 am - 7 pm
Location:  Wood County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Sq.

Voting 101 Guide

Take this short survey to learn all about the process of voting.  By the end you will know how to register, have an action plan for when and where you want to vote, and know more about nonpartisan resources to get informed about candidates and issues.

Voting 101 guide

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