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 is April 8th, 2019 for the May 7th Ohio primary/special election
Nonpartisan Issue and Candidate Guides, Debates, and Reports
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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.
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 longdistancevoting.org. 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 https://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters/ID.aspx
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).
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
BGSU Votes is a partnering campus with the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Program, All In Campus Democracy Challenge, Campus Election Engagement Project, and Campus Vote Project Voter Friendly Campus Initiative.