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VOTER GUIDE | Everything to know about Ohio's 2021 general election and how to find your polling place

Ohio's polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

CLEVELAND — Ohio's general election is here -- and we want to make sure you're prepared with everything you need to know before going to the polls.

ELECTION RESULTS: See the outcome of every race and issue

When are the polls open? What's on your ballot? What are the big races you need to know? When do results come in? From the Cleveland mayoral race to Issue 24, we answer all of the big questions in our election day guide, which you can explore below.

RELATED: LIVE BLOG | Tracking Ohio's 2021 general election with real-time updates

Happy voting!

WHEN IS ELECTION DAY?

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

WHEN ARE THE POLLS OPEN?

Polls are open throughout Ohio from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Remember, you are still permitted to vote as long as you're in line before the polls close at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE IS MY POLLING PLACE?

You can find your polling location HERE.

HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?

The deadline to register for the Nov. 2 election passed back on Oct. 4.

WHAT RACES ARE ON MY BALLOT?

Which specific issues and races are you voting on? CLICK HERE to see a sample of your local ballot so you can study up before heading to the polls.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIG ISSUES & RACES?

  • Cleveland mayoral race: Who will be Cleveland's next mayor? Voters will decide whether that role goes to Justin Bibb or Kevin Kelley. You can follow extensive coverage of this race with our "Leading The Land" series HERE.

RELATED: WATCH: 3News' Mark Naymik moderates discussion at The City Club of Cleveland about Issue 24

  • Issue 24: Cleveland voters will find this issue on their ballot, which is a proposed amendment that would dramatically change how the city's police department operates. "Issue 24 would put the final decision on police policies and the discipline of officers in the hands of a civilian-led board and commission," 3News' Mark Naymik explains. "The commission members would be appointed by the mayor and city council, but ultimately approved by council. The amendment specifies that members represent wide interests of the city, including representatives from civil rights organizations, local police organizations and at least one member who has been a victim – or has a family member who has been a victim – of police violence."
  • 11th Congressional District race: Voters will decide who will fill Marcia Fudge's seat in Congress. The race between Democratic candidate Shontel Brown and Republican candidate Laverne Gore comes nearly a year after Fudge’s seat was vacated when she was tapped to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Joe Biden’s administration. 

WHAT FORM OF ID SHOULD I BRING SO I CAN VOTE?

You need to have a form of ID with you to cast a ballot on election day. Acceptable forms of identification are listed HERE.

WHAT IF I FORGET MY ID?

You can cast a provisional ballot by providing your Ohio driver's license or state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.

But... There's more...

"If you do not provide one of the above documents or your driver’s license/state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot," according to the Ohio Secretary of State site. "However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification."

RELATED: Justin Bibb vs. Kevin Kelley: How the mayoral candidates grade the Cleveland Division of Police

WHAT'S THE DEADLINE FOR ABSENTEE VOTING?

Mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Monday, Nov. 1. If you miss that deadline, you can return your absentee ballot in-person at your county's Board of Elections location before the polls close on Nov. 2.

HOW DO I TRACK MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Simple. There's a tracking tool for all Ohio voters to use HERE.

WHAT TIME WILL RESULTS COME IN?

We expect to see the first results shortly after 7:30 p.m. Absentee ballots are the first votes counted, according to the Secretary of State's office.

WHERE CAN I WATCH FOR RESULTS?

We will showcase live results all night long after the polls close at wkyc.com/elections. Be sure to follow WKYC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for our complete coverage. Here's what you can expect from 3News:

  • Breaking election results will be available through push alerts with the free WKYC app. You can download it here: Android, Apple.
  • A live blog on WKYC.com with real-time updates that kicks off Tuesday morning and will carry updated details throughout election day and into Wednesday morning.
  • Live updates and reports on GO! from 4:30-7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Results, expert analysis and voter reaction as our reporters bring you every detail from the local issues and races that matter most to you and your family. Watch for these updates on What's New at 5 p.m., What Matters Most at 6 p.m. and What's Next at 11 p.m.
  • A complete election wrap up on GO! Wednesday morning from 4:30-7 a.m.
  • Subscribe to our free 3News to GO! newsletter HERE to have the election results and other top headlines sent straight to your e-mail inbox.

SHOW OFF YOUR 'I VOTED' STICKER

Did you get your "I Voted" sticker? Send us a picture on Facebook, Twitter or by texting it to us at 216-344-3300. If you voted absentee, you can download a virtual "I Voted" sticker to show off HERE.