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The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and NASW encourages all social workers to exercise your right to vote. As social workers we often give 100% to our clients and put our own concerns on the back burner, including workplace safety, educational debt relief, and caseload standards. The ballot box is one way you can put these issues first. When you vote, know where your candidates stand on issues that matter to you. To ensure our clients receive the highest quality care and the social work profession is valued, we must elect decision-makers who care about issues of equality, inclusion, and empowerment and who share our common goals as social workers.


Your Responsibilities as a Voter

  1. Register to vote
  2. Know where to vote
  3. Remember to bring valid ID to the polls

Register to Vote

You must register at least 30 days before an election.

Who Can Vote?

You are eligible to vote in Ohio if you:

  • Are a citizen of the United States;
  • Will be 18 on or before the day of the election in which you plan to vote;
  • Have been a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election for which you are registering;
  • Have not been declared incompetent to vote by a probate court;
  • Are not currently incarcerated for a felony in any state;
  • Have not permanently lost your voting rights due to violation of election laws, and;
  • Have registered to vote.

What ID Do I Need?

Ohio law requires every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address and present proof of the voter’s identity (does not have to be a photo ID). Forms of ID that may be used can be found here.


For non-partisan information, visit League of Women Voters. To answer voting rights questions and get voting materials in Spanish, visit ACLU of Ohio.


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