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Hello Ohio!

Before you can vote in Ohio, you’ve gotta be registered. If you’re not sure if you’re registered already, You can check using the link in the description.

But if you’re not registered yet, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, you’ll need to fill out a registration form. If you have an Ohio driver’s license or state ID you can do that online at the link in the description, but if you you don’t have an Ohio ID you can still register by mail. You just print off the form using the link below and mail it to your county’s board of elections by October 9th if you want to be registered in time for the November general election.

You can also pick up a form at your board of election’s office, any BMV office, most social service agencies, public libraries, and high schools if you don’t have access to a printer. Once you’re registered, there are a few different ways you can vote. Any Ohio voter can vote absentee, and you don’t even have to leave your house to do it.

All you have to do is fill out the form linked in the description and mail it to your county board of elections office so they get it before noon on November 3rd – though the sooner you do it, the better so you have time to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back or drop it off at your county board of elections office by November 6th. You can also vote early in person starting October 12th all the way through November 7th. This is a great option if you want to avoid voting day lines or it’s easier for you to vote on a weekend.

Check your county board of elections’ website to find the early voting hours and locations near you. If you really want that experience of voting on election day, polls are open on November 8th from am to pm and there’s a link below to look up where you need to go to vote. You’ll need to bring an ID with you.

A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID, military ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck with your name and current address on it will all work. You can also go to the link in the description to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in your county. You don’t have to vote for every single item on the ballot--you can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time.

You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget who you wanted to vote for. One last thing: if you’re going to vote – open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.