How Do I Vote In The Election?

When/Where Do I Vote?

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How Do I Register to Vote/ Am I Registered To Vote?

  • The deadline to register to vote in each election occurs 30 days before the election.  
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What/Who Is On My Ballot?

How Do I Get More Information About The Candidates On My Ballot?

  • Get your sample ballot with detailed information, including side-by-side comparisons of the candidates

  • Visit the candidates' websites and social media accounts
  • Attend voter education forums and candidates' nights

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What Do I Need To Do/Bring To Vote?

  • You need to have registered to vote by the deadline

  • An ID

    • Unexpired government-issued photo ID, military ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document

    • If you do not have any of the permissible forms of ID, still vote a provisional ballot, which may be counted under certain circumstances

  • Some people find it helpful to view their ballot in advance and complete a sample ballot.  To view a sample ballot, view "What's On My Ballot?" above.

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Why Should I Vote in Local/Judicial/Non-Federal Elections?

  • In most cases, federal law sets the minimum standards and states are free to go above and beyond.  Thus, local politicians and laws have more effect on your life than federal politicians and laws. 
  • Federal elections are often influenced by local politics.
  • Judicial elections are important because you might be a victim of a crime; you might be sued; or you might need to file suit as a business owner, landlord, tenant, etc.  Also, you might be accused of a crime or get a traffic ticket. 
  • This is your opportunity to voice your opinion.  It's too late to complain about politicians and laws after the fact!

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Where Can I Find Election Day Results?

  • Any other news website

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      Additional Resources

      *The following links are provided for the benefit of sharing information with other members.  The appearance of any link on this page should not be considered an endorsement of a political party, candidate, or issue by JMLBA.
      • One-Stop Shop for Franklin County Voters- Check your registration status, confirm your polling place, Request an Absentee Ballot, find a Candidate Nominating Petition, apply to be a Poll Worker, get your Sample Ballot, check your Election History, learn your Representatives
      • Ohio Secretary of State Election Website- The Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the elections process in Ohio. In addition to supervising how elections are carried out, the Secretary also plays a role in educating Ohioans about the responsibilities that come along with their right to vote. 
      • Ohio Voter Rights Coalition- A coalition of nonprofit voting advocate organizations in Ohio dedicated to ensuring that all eligible Ohio citizens maintain the right to vote in every election
      • Project Vote Smart- Mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans

      • Project Vote- A nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to realizing the promise of American democracy by building an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of America’s citizenry and ensuring that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts