Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What if I have moved or changed my name? What address may I list as my residence? Can a college student vote from their school address? Do I declare my political affiliation when I register to vote? Where do I vote? May I vote on ballot issues in a Primary Election without declaring a political affiliation? What is a Candidate Committee? What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)? What is a Political Contributing Entity (PCE)?
What if I have moved or changed my name?
If you are already registered to vote in Cuyahoga County, update your voter registration by submitting a new Voter Registration Card to the Board of Elections. See registration sites above.
What address may I list as my residence?
Ohio law establishes your residence as the place to which, whenever you are absent, you have the intent to return. A post office box or a business address is not an acceptable address for your residence.
Can a college student vote from their school address?
Yes, if the student establishes that place as his or her residence and registers to vote. Otherwise, the student must vote in his or her home county where they are registered to vote. Click here for details.
Do I declare my political affiliation when I register to vote?
No. Under Ohio law, a person's political party affiliation is determined by choosing to vote a party ballot at a partisan Primary Election.
Where do I vote?
You vote in the precinct in which you reside. You will receive a postcard that will notify you of your ward and/or precinct and voting location. If you have moved, but have not updated your voter registration, call the Voter Information Hotline at 216-443-3298 for your new precinct and voting location or click here.
May I vote on ballot issues in a Primary Election without declaring a political affiliation?
Yes. You may vote on questions and issues on the ballot without voting for candidates of a political party. Ask for an issues only ballot when you go to vote.
What is a Candidate Committee?
A Candidate Committee is formed when a person seeking public office receives or expends, or has agreed to let another receive or expend, monies in regards to that candidacy. Personal monies and candidacy monies are not to be co-mingled. A current Designation of Treasurer form must be filed with the board.
What is a Political Party Committee?
A political party is an organization whose candidates received five-percent or more of the vote for governor and lieutenant governor or nominees for presidential elector at last election. A new political party may be created by petition process, but its candidates must meet the five-percent requirement at the next election for governor or president to retain political party status.
What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?
Two or more persons who receive or spend items or money in an attempt to influence the outcome of an elections. It does not include candidates' committees, legislative campaign funds or political parties. Clubs, associations and parent/teacher organizations can be political action committees if:
  • One of the main reasons for the groups existence is related to supporting or opposing candidates or ballot issues. It often engages in political activity.
  • Funds were specifically raised for political activity. [R.C.3517.01(B)(8)].
What is a Political Contributing Entity (PCE)?
A corporation or labor organization that may lawfully make contributions and expenditures. Currently, only labor organizations may make contributions and expenditures in accordance with the decision in UAW et al. Philomena, et al. (1998) Case No. 97AP-E-01-69 (10th district). Corporations may not currently be PCE's