Soon the City of Cincinnati voters will be voting in the May 4 Election, which includes the Mayoral Primary. As you get ready to vote, ArtWorks is sharing our Hear Me Out: A Youth-Driven Guide for Voting in Ohio.
“When we vote, we represent our values,” wrote the Youth Apprentices in Hear Me Out. “When we vote, we represent our future. When we vote, we exercise our power, the people’s power. We are the people.”
Hear Me Out is a guide for young people, ages 16-27, in Ohio. Our hope is this guide empowers young people to get involved in the future of our country and our community.
Attention 17-year-olds! Did you know? If you are going to be 18 by the time the General Election is held on Nov. 2, 2021, you can vote in the Primary election on May 4!
Voter Registration Forms
Registering to vote is easy! Not sure if you’re registered? Here’s where to check if you live in Ohio.
Early Voting and Absentee Voting (Mail-in)
Anyone who is registered to vote in Ohio can vote by mail. Just send in an application.
Ballots are mailed from the Board of Elections beginning 28 days prior to Election Day and continue to be sent until the Saturday prior to Election Day.
Mail-in ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections, opens a new window before the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.
Hear Me Out: A Youth-Driven Guide to Voting (PDF) – By ArtWorks Youth Apprentices.
Democracy & Me – An education outreach project from Cincinnati Public Radio. Includes Democracy & Z, a student podcast developed in collaboration with Elementz.
Vote411.org – Provides personalized voting information. For the May 4 election, Cincinnati voters will vote in the Mayoral Primary and vote on three city charter amendments. See the races and issues on your ballot, compare candidates side-by-side, and read their views on the important issues in their own words. By the League of Women Voters.
2021 Cincinnati Primary Candidates Mayoral Forum (VIDEO) – Hosted by Action Tank, and sponsored by League of Women Voters, Cincinnatus Association, Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati, YWCA Greater Cincinnati, NLC of Southwest Ohio, ArtsWave, Invest in Neighborhoods, Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative, HOME, Junior League of Cincinnati, Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and Sigma Gamma Rho.
Action Tank Civic Health First Aid Kit – an especially important voting guide for young adults.
Hamilton County Office of Reentry – a video about voting rights for returning citizens.
ArtWorks is a proud partner with the Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative.
Become a Poll Worker
Poll Workers are critical to every election. So the Board of Elections is always looking for registered voters who can contribute to our democratic process. You’ll even be paid for your time. Find out more. Those who are 17 years old and a senior in high school can register to be a poll worker through the Youth At the Booth Program.
Upcoming Election Dates
- April 5, 2021 – Deadline to register to vote in May 4 primary election
- May 4, 2021 – Primary Election
- October 4, 2021 – Deadline to register to vote in November 2 election
- November 2, 2021 – Cincinnati Mayoral and City Council Election
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.