Today is Election Day!

If you are an eligible voter and you have not cast your ballot, polls will be open today from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On-Campus Students

Students registered to vote at their on-campus address vote in the Multipurpose Room (Room 228) of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Access your Voter Identification Letter to display as proof of on campus residency and use as voter identification today.

Off-Campus Students, Faculty and Staff

If you are registered to vote at an off-campus location, you can find your polling location. Voter identification requirements can be found online at the Ohio Secretary of State website.

Absentee Ballots

Ohio absentee ballots must have been be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received by your county board of elections no later than 10 days after the election. Ohio Ballot Tracker

If you return your ballot to your board of elections in person, the board of elections must receive your ballot no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Find your county’s board of elections address.

Absentee and mail-in voting differ in each state. For more information about a different state visit the Campus Vote Project Student Voting Guides.

Provisional Ballots

On Election Day, it may be necessary to vote by provisional ballot for one reason or another. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter’s eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at their polling place. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast “provisionally” until election officials can verify the voter’s eligibility to vote in a particular precinct at that election. The Ohio Secretary of State website has more information on what scenarios and situations may require a provisional ballot.

Election Night Watch Party

Join BGSU Votes, University Activities Organization and Undergraduate Student Government for an Election Night Watch Party from 8-10 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union to see the results of the election come in from across the country. Fun activities and snacks will be provided, with physical distancing protocols observed. Capacity will be limited to 100 participants.

Post-Election Day

Elections create excitement, and they can also be divisive, raise emotions, and bring about anxiety. The University has centralized information concerning helpful guides for facilitating post-election discussions in a non-partisan manner as well as a list of campus events occurring this week to help reduce stress and to promote health and wellness.

Questions? Contact BGSU Votes at bgsuvotes@bgsu.edu or visit the BGSU Votes website.

Media Contact | Michael Bratton | mbratto@bgsu.edu | 419-372-6349

Updated: 12/22/2021 08:47AM