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Tips to consider before heading to the polls today

Andy Ouriel • Nov 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Election Day across Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky counties offers a smorgasbord of appetizing options.

School levies, school board races, government issues and council and trustee races should satisfy any voter’s appetite today.

Before arriving at the polls, and to ensure your vote counts, follow these guidelines outlined by Erie County Board of Elections director Jen Ferback:

1. When can I vote?

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 7:30 p.m., election officials must let you vote.

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

A valid form of voter identification includes one of the following:

•Current or valid Ohio driver’s license. Election officials won’t accept an expired driver’s license as identification.

• Military identification card. 

• Original or copy of current utility bill containing voter’s name. 

• Original or copy of current paycheck.

• Original or copy of current government check.

3. What happens if I’m confused about the voting procedure when arriving to the polls?

If you have a question, poll workers are trained to help you understand any confusing issues possibly arising.    

4. Where do I vote?

Most boards of election have a website where you can see polling locations.

Call your local board of elections as a last resort.

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, immediately inform poll workers or call police.

Additionally, only voters are allowed within 100 feet of all polling locations on Election Day.

Some exceptions can be made, such as children accompanying their parents at the polls.

Anyone else must stay behind a line, which is usually marked by tiny U.S. flags or political signs placed into the ground.

Campaigners can peacefully support or protest a candidate or issue beyond the 100-foot boundary.

If you encounter any questionable or strange issues when voting, you can contact your local board office or the Register at 419-625-5500 ext. 5 or email news@sanduskyregister.com  .

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