November 8th, 2022 General Election FAQs

A General Election, which occurs every November, is an election where all voters, regardless of political party (or lack thereof) can vote for any candidate they choose. The candidate(s) with the most votes in the General Election is the winner of that race and will take office beginning in 2023.

Simply put, a voter will be presented with all candidates (Democrat, Republican, or Nonpartisan) to vote on in a General Election.

The following offices will be on the November 8, 2022 General Election ballot:

Statewide Offices

  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Auditor of State
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer of State
  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Full Term Commencing 1/1/2023)
  • Justice of the Supreme Court (Full Term Commencing 1/1/2023)
  • Justice of the Supreme Court (Full Term Commencing 1/2/2023)

Federal Offices

  • United States Senator
  • Representative to Congress

Ohio Government Offices

  • State Senator
  • State Representative

Cuyahoga County Government Offices

  • County Executive
  • County Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

State Board of Education

  • Member of State Board of Education

Additional Judicial Offices

  • Court of Appeals
  • Court of Common Pleas

Statewide Issues

Local Offices & Issues

  • Local Offices and Issues based upon your home precinct

You can see a list of ALL candidates for the November 8, 2022 General Election at the top of our Candidates page. To see the candidates that will appear on YOUR ballot, use one of the following tools:

  1. Get a Sample Ballot (View any sample ballot in the county by city/ward/precinct)
  2. Get Your Voting Information (View a sample ballot from your specific precinct)
  3. Find Voting Information by Address (View sample ballots based upon a specific address in Cuyahoga County)

* Note:  Sample ballots will not be posted to the website until about 45 days before Election Day.

  • The deadline to register for the November 8, 2022 General Election is Tuesday, October 11. If you choose to register in person, our office will be open until 9 p.m. on October 11. If you are mailing your voter registration form, it must be postmarked by October 11.
  • The start of the absentee voting period (both for Vote-by-Mail and Early In-Person) is Wednesday, Oct. 12. Vote-by-Mail ballots will begin to be mailed on this date.
  • Vote-by-Mail applications will be accepted up until Saturday, November 5, at 12 noon. However, you are highly encouraged to submit your application no later than a week before Election Day to account for mail delivery times. Completed Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day or returned in-person by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Polls will be open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are in line to vote at 7:30 p.m., you will be able to cast your ballot.

Full list of deadlines for the November 8th 2022 Election

Districts for the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate have been changed for the year 2022. Maps that were passed by the Ohio Redistricting Commission on Feb. 24, 2022, are in effect for this year (new district maps will be drawn for elections in 2024). The simplest way to determine what district you live in is to use the Get Your Voting Information tool. A list of every district you live in can be found here. A sample of these districts is shown below:

A list of districts as they can be found on the Get Your Voting Information applet

If you are interested in the physical boundaries of any district map in Cuyahoga County, visit our Maps and Data page to view interactive maps.

The Ohio Redistricting Commission is tasked with redrawing the district boundaries for both the Ohio House and Senate, as well as the U.S. Congressional districts in Ohio. This decade marks the first time the newly configured Ohio Redistricting Commission redrew the districts using criteria from an Ohio Constitutional Amendment that was passed by voters in 2015 (Issue 1).

The Ohio Redistricting Commission is comprised of seven members:

  • One individual appointed by the Senate President
  • One individual appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • One individual appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
  • One individual appointed by the House Minority Leader
  • The Governor
  • The Auditor
  • The Secretary of State

To keep it simple, the Ohio Redistricting Commission, using new census data every 10 years, is to redraw district maps based on a set of criteria detailed in the 2015 Constitutional Amendment. To pass a redistricting plan, at least two members of each major political party must agree to the plan. If not, then any plan that is passed will only last four years.

Without getting into the details, due to legal challenges and rulings by both the Ohio Supreme Court and a Federal District Court, district maps for the Ohio House and Senate, along with the U.S. Congressional districts, are only effective for 2022 elections.

What is redistricting and why did Ohio change district maps in 2022?

Redistricting is the process of enacting new congressional and state legislative boundaries. As required by the U.S. Constitution, this is done every 10 years following new census data. The most recent census was conducted in 2020, with the results of this population study released on August 12, 2021. It was this data that served to guide the redistricting process in Ohio that led to the district maps we are voting on in 2022.

Based upon the census data, Ohio’s overall population decreased relative to the rest of the United States, resulting in the number of U.S. Congressional districts in our state dropping from 16 to 15.

To ensure fairness and uniformity across all Ohio counties and reduce lines at polling locations on Election Day, the Secretary of State will mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in the state. The application will be pre-filled with the voter’s name and current address. To receive an absentee ballot (or Vote-by-Mail ballot) the voter must complete the application by providing a date of birth, a form of identification, and signature before using the provided reply envelope and returning it to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Applications will be mailed during the first two weeks of September. You are welcome to request an absentee ballot application using the form provided on our website at any time, however, the application from the Secretary of State is sufficient to receive your Vote-by-Mail ballot for the November 8, 2022 General Election.

Vote-by-Mail ballots will begin to be mailed to voters starting October 12, 2022. While absentee applications can be accepted until noon the Saturday before Election Day (November 5, 2022), you are highly encouraged to submit your application no later than a week before Election Day to account for mail delivery times. Completed Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day or returned in-person by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

View a sample absentee ballot application mailing

Video:  Absentee Ballot Request Forms 
(this video is from 2020, but the message and process are the exact same in 2022)

Under Ohio election law, you declare your political party affiliation by requesting the ballot of a political party in a partisan primary election. You remain this political party until you either request a ballot from a different political party, or you don’t vote in a partisan primary election for four consecutive years.

Put simply, you change your political party in Ohio by voting that party’s ballot in a primary election. Any voter is allowed to select the ballot of any political party in a primary regardless of their current political affiliation.

Note the election on November 8 is a General Election, meaning you won’t be able to change your political party at this election. You will, however, be able to vote on any candidate from any political party.


  
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