BGSU Votes

BGSU Votes is a nonpartisan 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.   


Text BGSUVotes  to 555-888

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

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Want to volunteer with BGSU Votes?  Complete our Volunteer Interest Form.


Candidate Forum

Sunday, October 6, 2019

First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster Street

Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm

Questions?  Contact Ellen Dalton, 419-575-9159 or 

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women, BGSU Retirees Association.

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Registration deadline is October 7th, 2019 for the November 5th Ohio General Election


Nonpartisan Issue and Candidate Guides, Debates, and Reports

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

Cconducted by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education this study provides reports to participating colleges and universities to support political learning and civic engagement, as well as to identify and address gaps in political and civic participation.

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.

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.

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