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Below we've compiled a guide that features every important date, deadline or question you might have about this year's November election. Happy voting!
WHEN IS ELECTION DAY?
Tuesday, Nov. 3.
WHEN ARE THE POLLS OPEN?
Ohio's polls will be open for in-person voting from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
The deadline to register for this election is Monday, Oct. 5. If you still need to register, you can do it HERE.
WHERE IS MY POLLING PLACE?
Planning to vote at the polls in person? You can find your polling location HERE.
WHAT COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS ARE IN PLACE?
Elections officials have released a 48-point plan to keep voters safe during the election amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The main highlights of the safety plan are:
- Routine cleaning of voting machines and e-pollbooks.
- Mask requirements and regular hand washing for all poll workers.
- Social distancing recommendations.
- Making curbside voting available.
You can read the full COVID-19 safety plan below:
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."
WHAT'S THE DEADLINE FOR ABSENTEE VOTING?
There are a few dates you need to know if you're planning to vote using an absentee ballot:
- Oct. 6: Absentee ballots are distributed starting today.
- Oct. 27: Ohio Secretary of State called this the "realistic deadline" for requesting your absentee ballot. “As you all know, the law says that you may continue to request absentee ballots up until the Saturday before election at noon. That’s a terrible idea," LaRose said during a press conference Sept. 8. "We’re telling everyone, as far as we’re concerned, the logistical deadline, the realistic deadline, is the 27th of October. You really should not request an absentee ballot after that because chances are that you’ll get it on Wednesday or Thursday after the election is over."
- Nov. 2: Your absentee ballot must be postmarked by this date if you're mailing it in.
HOW DO I TRACK MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
Simple. There's a tracking tool for all Ohio voters to use HERE.
DO I HAVE TO MAIL MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
No. You can also submit your ballot into a secure drop box at your county's Board of Elections location.
IS THERE EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING?
- Oct. 6-16 (weekdays only): 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Oct. 19-23: 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1-5 p.m.
- Oct. 26-30: 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 31: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 1: 1-5 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
WHAT RACES ARE ON MY BALLOT?
There are a handful of issues in each county from tax levies to charter amendments. But what your area's specific issues? CLICK HERE to see a sample of your local ballot so you can study up before the results start coming in.
WHEN ARE THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES?
The first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 9-10:30 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.
The other debates are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, Oct. 7: University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
- Thursday, Oct. 15: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
- Thursday, Oct. 22: Belmont University in Nashville.
WHAT TIME WILL RESULTS COME IN?
We expect to see the first results shortly after 7:30 p.m. LaRose said, however, Ohioans need to be mindful that these will not be "official" results due to the expected increase in absentee ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is changing the way it reports results on election night to clearly state the number of outstanding absentee ballots that have not yet been tabulated.
WHERE CAN I WATCH FOR RESULTS?
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.