Have you registered to vote? Have you recently checked your registration? YOU have a RIGHT to vote! So vote like your rights depend on it!
If your registration is current and you arrive to the polls before they close, you cannot be turned away… even if your presentation doesn’t “match” your ID! A different name or gender is not a valid reason to be denied a ballot if you can verify your identity. In fact, Ohio does not require voters to show photo ID in order to vote.
Ways to verify your identity:
- Voter registration card
- Valid photo ID (excluding passport, unless you also bring proof of address)
- Utility bill (issued within 12 months)
- Bank statement (issued within 12 months)
- Pay stub (issued within 12 months)
- Health insurance card
- Any government document that lists your name and address
If you legally changed your name before updating your voter registration, bring a copy of your name change order to the polls with you. If a poll worker questions you on why your last signature on file does not match your current signature, remind them that your name has changed and your signature will need to be updated.
Would you rather vote by mail? Request an absentee ballot here. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 3 days before the election, so make sure you return your completed form in time. To make sure your absentee ballot is counted, it must be received by your board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or postmarked by the day before Election Day
If you are turned away:
- Ask to speak to an election judge, official, or supervisor
- Ask to cast a provisional ballot
- Report it to 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683)
The Primary election in Ohio this year is Tuesday, March 17. Vote responsibly.