How to cast your vote today and make it count

Here are five things every voter should know before casting a ballot today.
Andy Ouriel
Nov 6, 2012

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 — — 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.


John Harville

You could stop by the BOE and get one.


Good idea, John. But I 'm pretty far away from in my county seat. Oh, well.

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Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of the voter's identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:

A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
A military identification ("military ID"); or
An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
An original or copy of a current government check; or
An original or copy of a current paycheck; or
An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.
A voter presenting an Ohio driver’s license that shows the voter’s former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the voter’s current residential address is printed in the official poll list of registered voters for that precinct. Voters who do not provide one of these documents at the precinct will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

For Voter I.D. purposes "current" means the document was issued on a date within one year immediately preceding the date of the election at which the voter seeks to vote, or has on it an expiration date which has not passed as of the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.




Spoken like a true democrat that wants to undermine the election! Good for you.


@ Randy_Marsh:

That saying was a standard joke when I lived in Chicago.

John Harville

And it was based in reality. My aunt gave men names on a piece of paper and drove them to the polls to 'vote' with that name. Then she drove them to the bar for a drink. Then she gave them another name and drove them to a poll across town. Then back to the bar. This was good for at least three votes before the guy was too drunk to trust. Most of her friends also were REPUBLICAN precinct committeepersons who did the same.

John Harville

Oh Marsh... get your giggle on.

Good 2 B Me

I offered my Driver License and was told no. No one checked my ID in Erie County. Just Saying.


They asked for our IDs at the Faith Memorial voting site

John Harville

Did you sign the poll book? If the signature hadn't matched, you would have been ordered to show an ID.

Good 2 B Me

No, I voted early. Told the lady my name and she gave me a ballot. Simple as that. I offered to show her my ID, she said no.



Pres. Obama booked McCormick Place instead of Grant Park for the election night rally

Only ticketholders and campaign workers are invited.

Thanks for your vote, but the rest of you Obamabots need not bother showing up as you've served your purpose.

John Harville

So.. Romney is hosting 1,000 journalists and 7,500 campaign staff at Boston Convention Center - chief guest Sheldon Adelson who has poured $1 million into his 'beat Obama' campaign.
Obama will be hosting 18,000 volunteers and others at McCormick Place


@ John Harville:

So Mr. Romney is no different from Mr. Obama in snob appeal?

Try walking or taking public transportation to McCormick Place. It ain't Grant Park.

So much for this election being about "the people."

The Big Dog's back

Whatever mr "Libertarian Independent".


@ brutus:

Yea, what a difference four years make huh?

The useful idiots goose-stepped out and voted like good little sheeple. This party is for elites only.

Independent-libertarian (small "l").

Approx. 32% of the population is Dem, 28% Repubs; the balance and largest group are Independents.