How to Vote in Ohio in 2018

Hello Ohio!
Before you can vote in Ohio, you’ve gotta
be registered. If you’re not sure if you’re registered
already, You can check using the link in the
description. But if you’re not registered yet, or you’ve
moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you’ll need to fill out
a registration form. If you have an Ohio driver’s license or
state ID you can do that online at the link in the description, but if you you don’t
have an Ohio ID you can still register by mail. You just print off the form using the link
below and mail it to your county’s board of elections by October 9th if you want to
be registered in time for the November general election. You can also pick up a form at your board
of election’s office, any BMV office, most social service agencies, public libraries,
and high schools if you don’t have access
to a printer. Once you’re registered, there are a few
different ways you can vote. Any Ohio voter can vote absentee, and you
don’t even have to leave your house to do it. All you have to do is fill out the form linked
in the description and mail it to your county board of elections office so they get it before
noon on November 3rd – though the sooner you do it, the better so you have time to
get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back or drop it
off at your county board of elections office
by November 6th. You can also vote early in person starting
October 12th all the way through November 7th. This is a great option if you want to avoid
voting day lines or it’s easier for you
to vote on a weekend. Check your county board of elections’ website
to find the early voting hours and locations
near you. If you really want that experience of voting
on election day, polls are open on November 8th from 6:30am to 7:30pm and there’s a
link below to look up where you need to go
to vote. You’ll need to bring an ID with you. A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID,
military ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck with
your name and current address on it will all
work. You can also go to the link in the description
to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in
your county. You don’t have to vote for every single
item on the ballot–you can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can
be pretty important, so it’s worth checking
out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to
the polls with you so you don’t forget who
you wanted to vote for. One last thing: if you’re going to vote
– open up your notes app or grab a piece
of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to
register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re
going to use, even who you’re going to bring
to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure
that nothing unexpected stops you from voting
on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration
and polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.

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