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This is how to register to vote in Ohio

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Ohioans will head to the polls to vote in less than a month, and if you want your voice to be heard about important issues like The Athens Cannabis Ordinance or Issue 2, you need to be registered. Here’s a step by step guide on how to do that in Ohio. 

Want to skip this process? You can register to vote or update your registration information online here. If you prefer to register through the postal service, follow these instructions: 

Step 1: Get a Voter Registration Form

There are many ways you can get your hands on either an Ohio Voter Registration Form or a National Mail Voter Registration Form.  You can download them off of the internet and print them by using the links above.  You can also have the county board of elections or the Ohio Secretary of State mail a form to you.  

Some other places you can get voter registration forms include, but are not limited to, public libraries, public high schools, county treasurers’ offices and the offices of The Department of Job and Family Services.  

Step 2: Fill the form out

Read the information at the top of the form carefully, and then fill out the form. You’ll need your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number to complete the form.  

College students can list either their home address or their dorm address on the form. Make sure you fill out the form as accurately as you can– falsifying the form is a felony.

Step 3: Mail or deliver the form

Once you have your form filled out, you have the option of either mailing or hand-delivering your form to your county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office. You can find the address for your county’s board here.

If you’re hand delivering your form, you can bring it to any government location that is authorized to give out voter registration forms, like a public high school or library. If you’re mailing your form, make sure it is in the mail before Oct. 10.

Also, if you opted not to include your driver’s license number or social security number on the form, you will have to mail in a valid form of identification with your form.

The Ohio Secretary of State defines valid forms of ID (not including driver’s licenses or social security numbers) as “a current and valid photo identification, a military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and current address.”

Step 4: Wait

If the information on your form is accurate, your county board of elections will register you to vote within 20 days of receiving your application.  The board of elections will then mail you a notice confirming that you are registered and outlining the identification requirements for voting day.  

If your application was rejected, you will receive a notice informing you of its rejection.  If you do not receive any notice from the board of elections, contact them before Election Day.

Step 5: Vote!

Show up at your polling place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 with a valid form of ID to cast your vote.  You can find your polling location here.  If you decide to cancel your registration, you will have to send this form to your county board of elections.

Information about voting provided by Ohio Secretary of State. The deadline to register to vote in the November 7, 2017 election is Tuesday, October 10, 2017.


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