How to vote for Bernie Sanders in Ohio

Register By

February 18 (Tuesday)

Primary On

June 2 (Tuesday)

Ohio Primary: June 2, 2020

Note: You'll need to request a democratic ballot at the primary to vote for Bernie.

It's still very early in the election season, and dates often change. Please sign up below for Voter Alerts in Ohio and we'll send you an email if the dates change!

Ohio Voter Information

Get Registered

Good news! Because Ohio has open primaries, you can vote for Bernie regardless of your registered party. If you want to vote for Bernie, get registered to vote!

Get registered to vote now!

You must be registered by February 18, 2020.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

In-person voting in Ohio would occur on June 2. The news comes one day before Ohio’s scheduled primary.

Ohio’s moving an estimated 150 polling location, find your new location and info here:

Vote on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from 6:30AM – 7:30PM

Find your polling place here:

Check out the Official Ohio 2020 Election Calendar Here!

If you have more questions call the Official Ohio Voter Hotline at:

1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

Id Requirement

Yes. All voters must bring acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity

Voter Workplace Protection

Voters get paid, “reasonable” time off to vote. Only salaried employees are paid.

Early Voting

Vote Early in Ohio! Ohioans can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on June 2 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in Ohio begins February 19 and ends on June 1.

You can request an absentee ballot for the 2020 primary as early as December 18th, 2019

In Ohio, voters have many options to vote. Starting the day after the close of voter registration, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center as designated by the county.

Find your county board of elections offices and early voting centers here!

More info on absentee voting can be found here!

Only 17?

You may still vote in Ohio's primaries if you will be 18 years old by November 3, 2020.

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

Become a Delegate for Bernie

Willing to go the extra mile to help Bernie get elected? We need 2,373 Bernie supporters to become a Delegate, travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and cast their vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. Interested?

How to become a delegate in Ohio

Ohio has 153 delegates 

  • 89 district
  • 29 at large
  • 18 Pledged PLEOs
  • 17 Superdelegates

Superdelegates – Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. Tim Ryan, Tim Burga, Isabel Framer, Rebecca L. Higgins, Mark Mallory, Ronald L. Malone, Valarie J. McCall, Rhine McLin, David A. Pepper, Joe Rugola, Nina Turner, Nan Whaley, David Wilhelm

Important dates:

File to become a District Delegate: By December 31, 2019

District Delegates Slated: January 7, 2020

Primary: March 17, 2020

Post Primary Caucus: April 16, 2020

State Executive Committee: May 9, 2020

Ohio Delegate Selection Plan


District level delegates (89) and (8) Alternates

  • Beginning November 9, 2019 get Declaration of Candidacy and Consent forms from the Ohio Democratic Party website, by emailing or calling the party, by asking their local county party chair for a copy, or by asking the registered authorized representatives of the presidential candidates.
  • By December 31, 2019 file Declaration of Candidacy and Consent form including a signed pledge of support with the Ohio Democratic Party, 340 E. Fulton,Columbus, Ohio 43215 by 5:00 PM
  • Attend January 7, 2020 Primary Pre-Primary Caucus at 7pm, you may give a short speech (2 mins). Delegate candidates vote to elect the district delegates and alternates. Bring your friends and family they can vote for you too!
  • April 16, 2020: Post Primary Caucus. Delegates are elected according to the results of the primary. If Bernie did not slate a sufficient number of delegates, then additional delegates are selected during the post-primary caucus.There is one caucus location per congressional district.

PLEO (18) delegates

You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders.Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEOs.

  • Forms available March 30, 2020.
  • By May 1, 2020: File Declaration of Candidacy and Consent and Pledge of support for Bernie with the Ohio Democratic Party, 340 E. Fulton,Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • May 9, 2020: at an open meeting in Columbus the Pledged PLEO delegates are selected by the State Democratic Executive Committee according to the results of the primary.

At Large delegates (29) and At Large Alternate (3) delegates

If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At large delegate

  • Forms available March 30, 2020.
  • By May 1, 2020 file a Declaration of Candidacy and Consent and Pledge of support for Bernie with the Ohio Democratic Party, 340 E. Fulton,Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • May 9, 2020: at an open meeting in Columbus the At-Large Delegates and Alternate At Large Delegates are selected by the State Democratic Executive Committee according to the results of the primary.

Standing Committee Members (18)

Standing Committee members (6 each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are nominated by candidate or authorized representative by May 18 and elected by a quorum of Ohio’s National Convention Delegates on May 21, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate to be elected.

Convention Pages (4)

Four Convention Pages are selected by the state Chair on May 9, 2020 at the State Executive Meeting.

If you have questions contact the Ohio Democratic Party.

More Information

If you have any questions about voting in Ohio you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

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