CLEVELAND — Ohio voters are hitting the polls today for a special / primary election today -- on Tuesday, Aug. 2 -- and we want to make sure you're prepared with everything you need to know before casting your ballot.
When are the polls open? What's on your ballot? What are the big races you need to know? When do results come in? We answer all of the big questions in our Election Day guide, which you can explore below.
WHEN IS ELECTION DAY?
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.
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.
WHAT RACES ARE ON MY BALLOT?
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?
You may remember, the state’s repeated map redistricting issues resulted in several races being delayed from the May 3 primary election -- including candidates running for seats in the Ohio House, Ohio Senate and State Central Committee. These are now all part of the August election.
Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published one week before the election on July 26, 2022.
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."
WHEN IS EARLY VOTING OPEN?
Early voting has concluded for this election.
WHAT'S THE DEADLINE FOR ABSENTEE VOTING?
Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than the day before the election, which is Monday, Aug. 1. You can also return your absentee ballot in person at your county's Board of Elections location before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
The deadline to request your absentee ballot is noon on July 30.
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.
- Results, expert analysis and 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., 3News 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.
WHEN IS THE NEXT ELECTION & WHAT RACES WILL BE HELD THEN?
The upcoming general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8. This is when voters will elect Ohio's next governor (incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine vs. former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley), who will replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate (Tim Ryan vs. J.D. Vance) and more.
Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous elections story on May 4, 2022.