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Voter Information, General Election 2020

Information on registering and voting in Oberlin, or voting by absentee ballot in your home state.

Voter Information, General Election 2020

Oberlin voters! While you wait for your absentee ballot to arrive, review these instructions for making sure you complete it accurately and return it on time!  Thanks to Prof. Zeb Page, who maintains the Google Doc to help Obies vote.

Oberlin is participating in the Voter Friendly Campus initiative of the Campus Vote Project.  See also the OC Votes site and Resources for Student Voters.

Where Will You Vote?

By law, college students may choose which address they use for voting, either their permanent home address or their address at school.  This is a personal decision.

  • All of the local candidates & issues in your home state.  Are there critical issues and races that are important to you, and that you want to help decide?  Engaging in local politics is vital to representative democracy.
  • In addition to electing the President, the outcome of the General Election determines which political party will have the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Where will your vote count the most, in terms of electing a representative Congress that works together for the public good?  Consider also the power of the President to appoint federal and Supreme Court judges, and the Senate's role in confirming those appointments.
  • Local politics impacts Oberlin College, since the town and college have always been closely interrelated.  As a resident of Oberlin for the better part of a year and future alum of the college, voting in local elections is one way to be involved in community affairs.  It's up to you.


Important Dates

You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election.

Ohio Deadline:
Oct. 5, 2020 for the

Nov. 3, 2020 General Election

If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.