Ohio polls open on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. To make sure you're prepared for your day in the booth, the ACLU of Ohio is making some resources and reminders available. Don't wait until Tuesday to get ready — do it this weekend.
Here are a few tips and tidbits from the press release:
• If you're still waiting in line at 7:30 p.m., officials must keep the polls open until you vote.
• Not sure where you vote? Call your local Board of Elections (BOE) to find out your polling location (in Hamilton County that’s 513-632-7000) or click here.
• Don't rush. There is no time limit in voting, so take your time. Look over your ballot and make sure you’re satisfied before casting your vote.
• Take ID. You must provide proof of your identity in the form of either a current, valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address.
• Told you're not on the books? Ask the poll worker to call your Board of Elections to check your registration and precinct location. If they call and the BOE can't find you, ask to vote provisionally. Do not leave without casting your vote. Your provisional ballot will only count if you cast it in the correct precinct, so make sure to check with the BOE before casting a provisional ballot.
• Using Optical Scan Paper Ballots? Make sure to fill in each bubble fully. If you make a mistake, ask a poll worker for a new ballot. Check over your ballot to make sure you don't have more bubbles filled in than allotted for each race. (For example, if the ballot says "Choose three candidates" make sure you've filled in just three bubbles.) Again, if you make a mistake, ask a poll worker for a new ballot.
Finally, call the ACLU (216-472-2200) and share your polling place experience — good, bad or indifferent. The watchdogs are keeping an eye on how the process is going.
Remember: Vote early and vote often!
— Margo Pierce