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In order to make good policy, we have to elect good policy makers.
Mark Your Calendar: Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The 2021 election is already underway, and Ohioans are taking to the polls to elect candidates to municipal offices across the state. This election will shape local policy for years to come.
By showing up to vote early, vote absentee by mail, or in-person on Election Day, you hold elected officials accountable for the choices they made in office. You also hold all candidates accountable for the statements they make on the campaign trail. You deserve elected representatives who put your interests first and consider policies that uplift and improve your life.
Make a plan to vote early in-person, absentee by mail, or on Election Day!
Election Day: Tuesday, November 2
Ohio polling locations are open from 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Early In-Person Voting Information:
- October 18-22 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
- October 25-29 | 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- October 30 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
- October 31 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- November 1 | 8:00 am- 2:00 pm
Voting Absentee by Mail:
- Print, complete, sign, and return this application by noon (12pm) on 10/30/2021 to your county Board of Elections office.
- When you receive your ballot, be sure to complete and return it ASAP. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday Nov. 1. If not returned by mail, absentee ballots must be returned to your county Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Voter Assistance Hotlines:
- 866-OUR-VOTE: English | Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- 888-Ve-Y-Vota: Spanish/English | NALEO Educational Fund
- 844-Yalla-US: Arabic/English | Arab American Institute
- 888-API-VOTE: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali | APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
- 301-818-VOTE: American Sign Language | National Association of the Deaf
Voting Guides and Resources:
- ACLU: Voters With A Disability Know Your Rights (KYR) Guide
- League of Women Voters: VOTE411
- National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund: TransForm the Vote Checklist
- Ohio Secretary of State: Find Your Polling Location
- Ohio Secretary of State: View Your Sample Ballot
- Ohio Secretary of State: Special Congressional Election Information (OH 11 and OH 15)
Articles for a deeper dive into history of voting rights in the United States:
- ACLU: “A History of the Voting Rights Act”
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice: “50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: An Asian American Perspective”
- Brennan Center for Justice: “Voter Suppression over the last two decades”
- League of Women Voters: “Fighting Voter Suppression”
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: “Reconstructing Citizenship: Securing the Promise of the 14th Amendment”
- New York Times: “The Complex History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement”
- NPR: “Yes, Women Could Vote After the 19th Amendment – But Not All Women. Or Men.”
- NPR: “Heading to the Polls? If You Have a Disability, Here’s What to Know”
Do I need to bring an ID to vote in Ohio?
Yes, Ohio law requires voters to provide proof of identification. You must provide ID when casting your vote in person during early voting or on Election Day. You can bring any of the following:
- Current driver’s license or a state ID card
- Military ID card
- Current photo ID issued either by the US government or the State of Ohio with your name and current address
- Utility bill, bank statement, government check, or a paycheck with your name and current address.
What if appearance does not match my ID?
That doesn’t matter! The name and address on your ID are the only things that must match the information on the voter roll.
- Your gender expression or gender identity do not need to match what is listed on your ID.
- You may not be denied the right to vote for any differences between your listed gender or outward appearance on your ID (including hair, makeup, clothing, etc.) and how you present.
What if someone tells me I cannot vote?
Don’t leave! Many polling locations have volunteer lawyers who can help. Ask a poll worker if a volunteer lawyer is present.
- If you still cannot cast a regular ballot, ask for a provisional ballot. Be sure to get any follow-up instructions for making sure your provisional ballot is counted.
- Call or contact one of the voter assistance hotlines listed above.
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