Election Day 2016: What to know before voting

Nov. 8, 2016: After the relentless political storm, Election Day has finally arrived.

After a seemingly relentless political campaign, Election Day is finally here.

Below is a list of important things you need to know before voting:

  • Polls are open in Ohio from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
  • You must bring a valid ID to vote in person. These include any of the following: (1) An unexpired Ohio driver's license or ID; (2) an unexpired photo ID issued by Ohio or the US government that includes your name and current address; (3) a military ID; (4) a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check that includes your name and current address; (5) any government document that shows your name and address.

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  • Your employer must allow a reasonable amount of time for you to cast your ballot.
  • Many polling places are in buildings that restrict firearms on the premises, so leave your gun at home before heading out to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, notify a poll worker and they will give you a new one.
  • The state of Ohio is worth 18 electoral votes in the presidential race.
  • It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
  • California carries the most electoral votes with 55.
  • Multiple school levies are also on the ballot throughout Northeast Ohio, including Issue 108 -- a tax levy renewal for Cleveland schools.
  • Voters statewide will also determine the outcome of the heated U.S. Senate race between Ted Strickland and Rob Portman.
  • More than 23 million Americans have already voted early. An estimated 30-40 percent of total ballots will have been from early voting.

CLICK HERE to find your polling location.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, WKYC will host live coverage on WKYC.com and WKYC's Facebook page as the election results start pouring in.

Be sure to tell us about your Election Day experience by tweeting @wkyc on Twitter or posting a comment on Facebook. Download the WKYC news app now to follow the results in real time (Apple users, Android users). You can also find us on Instagram and Snapchat.

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