Ohio Votes 2016: Election day voter guide

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The big day is finally here. Today is Election Day, and Ohioans will soon help decide who will be the next president of the United States in addition to numerous local and state issues.

NBC4 has put together this voter guide to help you be prepared as you head to the polls today.

Am I eligible to vote?

In order to vote, you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old today and living in the county that matches your registration. You can not vote if you are currently serving a sentence or are on parole for a felony conviction. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office on voting has more details.

Am I registered to vote?

The last day to register to vote in Ohio was Oct. 11. If you’re pretty certain you made that deadline, you can check your voting status by clicking/tapping here. You’ll need to know your name, county you live in and your street address to verify your registration.

What voter identification can I bring?

While Ohio state law does not require a photo ID, all voters must bring some form of acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity.

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address
  • A military identification
  • A current photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current other government document with the voter’s name and present address

If you can’t present one of those eight forms of photo ID, you can fill out a provisional ballot by providing either your Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number. Once the information is reviewed by the board of elections, your vote will be counted. If you cannot provide that information, you can still vote, but your vote won’t be counted unless you bring one of the above listed items to the board of elections by November 14.

Where do I cast my ballot?

The same place you confirm your registration is also the same place you’ll find your precinct. Google is also making it easy to find where to vote this year. Just simply search for “Where do I vote?”

How long are the polls open?

All polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

What happens if I run into polling place problems or see people trying to intimidate me when I vote?

If a situation is to occur inside a polling place, voters can notify an election judge. You can also let NBC4 know about the issue so we can look into it on your behalf by filling out the form here.

Can I change my vote?


How can I track election results?

We’ll have local and national coverage throughout the night on air and online. You can watch an uninterrupted live stream of our political coverage beginning at 7pm here on nbc4i.com and on our Facebook Page. To track your absentee ballot, click here.


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