Oberlin College Students

May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Ohio?

Yes, a college student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address. However, the student may not also vote an absentee ballot where he or she last lived (e.g., with one or more parent or guardian). When a college student votes from his or her school address, the school residence is considered to be the place to which the student’s habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the student is absent, the student intends to return, and is considered by the student to be his or her permanent residence at the time of voting.

Get an Ohio Voter Registration Form. This form should be delivered, in person or by U.S. mail, to the Lorain County Board of Elections:
Lorain County Board of Elections
1985 North Ridge Rd. E
Lorain, OH 44055
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Telephone: (440) 326-5900
Note that there are some other acceptable delivery sites for voter registration forms. See the other resources listed here for those options.


For information on absentee voting go to http://www.loraincountyelections.com/absentee_voting.htm

To get a form requesting a regular absentee ballot go to
This form can be filled out electronically, but must then be printed and deliverd, in person or by U.S. mail, to:
Lorain Co. Board of Elections
Absentee Department
1985 North Ridge Rd., East
Lorain, OH 44055
For additional information see http://www.vote-smart.org/voter_registration_resources.php, (Vote-Smart)
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