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How to cast your vote today and make it count

Andy Ouriel • Nov 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

1. What do I need to bring with me so I can vote without any problems?

A valid form of identification includes one of the following:

- current or valid Ohio driver's license;

- military identification card;

- original or copy of current utility bill containing voter's name;

- original or copy of current bank statement;

- original or copy of current paycheck;

- original or copy of current government check or any other government check.

2. What happens if I'm confused about the voting procedure?

There's at least one poll worker assisting voters at each location throughout the county. If you have a question, poll workers are trained to help you understand any confusing issues when submitting a ballot.

3. Where do I vote?

Every registered voter should have received an information mailer in the past few days or weeks, providing the location of your polling place. If you did not receive the document, or misplaced it, you can log onto the county's board of elections website — electionsonthe.net/oh/erie/ — and look to the left side of the page. There you'll see several tabs. Find the "poling locations" or "polling place search" tab and click it.  Enter your information and your polling location should pop up. Call the board of elections office as a last resort, since workers will be busy throughout the day. The number is 419-627-7601

4. When can I vote?

All local polling locations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today. As long as you're in line by 7:30 p.m., workers must let you vote.

5. What are my rights?

You're under no obligation to discuss your vote with anyone, and no one is allowed to influence how you vote. If you encounter any problems, inform the poll workers or a local law enforcement agency.

Additionally, only voters are allowed within 100 feet of all polling locations on Election Day. Anyone else must stay behind a line, which is usually marked by tiny American flags placed into the ground. Campaigners can peacefully support or protest a candidate or issue beyond the 100-foot limit.

The Register has extra copies of its Oct. 30 elections guide for sale, if you're looking for more information on any particular race. Stop by 314 W. Market St. to pick up a copy.


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