Ohio-Voter-ID-Laws

Update 1/16/2012: Supreme Court leaves early voting unchanged.
There WILL be early voting Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.

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Key Dates

<tr >Last day to register to voteOctober 9, 2012<tr >Absentee ballots may be voted or applied for in person at your county board of elections until 6 p.m.November 2, 2012<tr >Voter may apply for emergency absentee ballots until 3 p.m if voter, or their minor child, is hospitalizedNovember 6, 2012<tr >Absentee ballots returned in person must be received by the board of elections by close of pollsNovember 6, 2012

General Election: November 6,2012
Action Date
Deadline for a voter to challenge qualification
of another voter for general election
October 17, 2012
To get an absentee ballot by mail, applications must be received by board of elections by noon November 3, 2012

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Full Transcript

Intro and agenda:

Hello I’m Daphne O’Neal and you are watching the Voter-ID.com update for the state of Ohio.  This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote. We’ll cover the latest and pending changes, what forms of ID are acceptable, who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote and where you can get additional assistance.

Latest and Pending changes

Ohio is one of 32 states that allow voters to cast early ballots in person without having to give reasons.  The early voting period begins on Oct. 2, on weekdays except for state holidays up until the Friday before the election.

As of the making of this video on September 21th, polls will be open for early voting the weekend before the election.  But that could change.  Secretary of State Jon Husted wants to keep polls closed the weekend before the election but a federal judge has restored voting for that period.  The Secretary of State is appealing the judge’s decision so there is no certainty on the issue. In our opinion, plan to vote early on a weekday or on election day if you can.

Acceptable Forms of ID

Ohio is a state that requires voters to show proof of identity before voting. However photo ID is not currently required.
There are 4 categories of acceptable forms of identification:

1.  A valid Photo ID, defined as a document that shows your name and current address, includes a photograph, has an expiration date that has not passed, and was issued by the U.S. government or the state of Ohio.

2.  A utility bill from the last 12 months (including a cell phone bill). This bill must have your name and current address.

3. A bank statement from the most recent 12 months with your name and current address.

4. Current government check, paycheck or other government document with current address.

If you cannot show a valid ID, you may cast a provisional ballot which will only be counted if you appear in person at the board of elections within the 10 days immediately following the election and present one of the above documents.

Eligibility

You are eligible to vote in the state of Ohio if you meet all the following conditions
1.You are a citizen of the United States;
2. You are at least 18 years old;
3. You have been a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election;
4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction;
5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.

Registration Procedures and Deadlines

The official state site to get the voter registration form is linked on this webpage below in the green “official State information” section. This is also where you can find the location of your local polling place.

The deadline to register is 30 days before the election. See current registration deadlines on this webpage in red “Key Dates” section.

Absentee

All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in Primary or General Elections from home by requesting an absentee ballot. If you are already registered to vote, you must request a ballot for each individual election and your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). But it’s a good idea get your request in earlier so there is enough time for the board to mail your ballot and for you to complete and return that ballot.

Absentee ballots for general elections returned by U.S. mail from within the United States must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5 and received no later than 10 days after the general election

Additional Assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below, Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.

Closing

We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information. Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here. Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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Our democracy works best when everyone participates in the process so make sure you vote and encourage others to vote as well. If you found this site helpful please share it with others using any of the sharing methods provided below. Thank you.

 

 

 

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