First thing’s first:   If you have any concerns about voting this year, please go read Leo’s post from this morning .  It will make you feel much better.

Now for some important things to keep in mind when you head out to vote…


You DO NOT need an ID to vote early today or Monday.  You will simply need to put the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number or your Ohio Driver’s License Number on the form.  If you don’t have either, you can show one of the alternative forms of ID listed below.

You can still vote early today (Sunday) until 5PM.  Early voting on Monday is from 8AM to 2PM.  Anyone in line by 5PM today or 2PM on Monday must be allowed to vote!


You DO need an ID to vote a regular ballot on election day, but it DOES NOT need to be a photo ID.  Any of the following will work:

  • A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
  • A military identification (“military ID”); or
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
  • An original or copy of a current government check; or
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Important: Your Ohio driver’s license DOES NOT need to show your current address.  As long as your ID has not expired and your current address is printed on the official poll list you can still vote a regular ballot.


DO NOT let anyone force you to vote provisionally simply because your Ohio driver’s license address is not current.  As we mentioned above – as long as the address on the poll list is current YOU MAY VOTE A REGULAR BALLOT.

If you forget your ID they still must let you vote a provisional ballot, but it will not be counted on election day, so you want to avoid voting provisionally if at all possible.  So bring ID!

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m on Election Day (Tuesday).


If you have other questions Election Protection ( 886OURVOTE.ORG ) has answers on their website.   They will also have lawyers working non-stop to protect your right to vote.

Put their hotline on your speed dial:

 1-866-OUR-VOTE  (1-866-687-8683)


If you have any problem at the polls call the hotline.  They have lawyers ready to help.