With thousands of locations to get registered, hundreds of hours to cast ballot, and three different options for voting, all eligible Ohioans have equal access to what Secretary of State Jon Husted calls one of the best elections systems in the country. The plan is simple, according to Husted. Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat is the guiding principle behind his efforts to modernize and improve elections in Ohio. However, people need to know that there are deadlines
For example, you might want to know that Oct. 11 is the cutoff date for registering to vote. That comes one day before early voting actually begins – Oct. 12. The last day you can vote by mail is Nov. 5 and the last day you can vote in the offices of the Board of Elections is Nov. 7.
Ann Dissinger, of the Scioto County Board of Elections, said those voting at the Board of Elections on Nov. 7 will have until 2 p.m. Nov. 8 is election day.
“The last day we will mail absentee ballots out will be the Saturday before,” Dissinger said. That actual date is Nov. 5, 2016. “Anybody who has an absentee ballot can bring it into the office by 7:30 (p.m.) election day.”
Polls are open on election day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You must cast your ballot at your designated polling place. And if you do not know the location of your precinct or polling place, you can contact the Scioto County Board of Elections or use the voter lookup tool available on the Secretary of State’s website, www.MyOhioVote.com. Husted said people need to remember to bring an acceptable form of identification.
“Every vote matters. Since 2013, 109 elections of candidates or issues have been decided by one vote or tied. Literally one vote has been the difference in mayoral races and school levies, and with 1,804 local issues and countless candidates on the 2016 ballot, close elections are likely to happen this year,” Husted said. “With nearly a month to cast a ballot, Ohio is one of the easiest states in the nation in which to vote. You as an Ohioan can choose from a number of different ways to participate this election season, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Remember, decisions are made by those who show up.”
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