Election Frequently Asked Questions

When are the 2018 Elections?

The Ohio Primary Election is Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

The Ohio General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

When do the polls open and close?

The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

How do I know if I’m registered to vote?
  • To check your voter registration, please click here.
  • Or click here to call your County Board of Elections.
Where do I go to vote?

On Election Day, if you do not know where your designated precinct or polling place is located, please contact your county board of elections or click here to search for your polling place online.

What form of identification do I need to bring to the polls?

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, the forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months.   “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill.    “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.  “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.

I have an absentee ballot, but I haven’t sent it back, what should I do with it?
  • Return your absentee ballot in person before the close of polls (7:30 p.m) on Election Day to your county board of elections
  • Drop it in the mail (make sure it is postmarked no later than the day before the election).
  • Go to your polling location and vote by provisional ballot.
What is a provisional voting?

A provisional ballot is a paper ballot.  It’s used to record a vote if a voter’s eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at his or her polling place.

Can I get a sample ballot?

Yes.  Click here and then click on your county name to view your sample ballot.

Have more questions?

Please click here to go to the Ohio Secretary of States website for additional information, or call the Citizens for Community Values office at 513.733.5775

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