Your Vote Matters: Make a Plan to Vote
Early voting for the November 8 Midterm has begun! This election is a critical one, and we need everyone to exercise their right to vote to shape Ohio into a state that reflects our values. Abortion, climate, education, LGBTQ+ equality, healthcare, wages — these are ALL on the ballot. As you’re casting your ballot for Ohio Governor, U.S. Senator, State Representatives and State Senators, Ohio Supreme Court Justices, and more, you need to vote for your values.
There’s so much at stake, which is why you need to make a plan to vote. Your ballot isn’t a pop quiz! You can — and should! — take the time to research your candidates and the issues that you’ll be voting on. There are many resources available so you can be an informed voter.
With so many candidates on the ballots and different ways you can cast your vote to ensure your voice is heard, this voter checklist will help you make a plan to vote.
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30am–7:30pm
Other Key Dates & Information
November 7: Last day of early voting at designated locations
November 7: Last day mail-in ballots can be postmarked
November 8 at 7:30 PM: Deadline to drop off mail-in ballots at your Board of Elections
Be registered to vote
The voter registration deadline has already passed. However, if I was previously registered to vote in Ohio, but moved and did not update my address, I know that I can still vote in this election by casting a provisional ballot at the early vote location for my new address or at my new Election Day polling location.
I can check my voter registration status at https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx
Be ready to vote
I looked up what’s on my ballot at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/toolkit/sample-ballot/
I know which candidates and issues I want to vote for and I will vote down-ballot.
I will use ohiovoterguide.org to learn about my candidates and issues on the ballot.
I will visit ohsc22.info to learn about the Ohio Supreme Court justice candidates.
Make a plan to vote
I want to vote by mail.
I will request my absentee ballot earlier sooner than later.
I know the deadline to request my absentee ballot is noon on November 5.
I will request my ballot by filling out this online application and mailing it to my Board of Elections: https://www.ohiosos.gov/globalassets/elections/forms/11-a_english.pdf
OR I will call or visit my Board of Elections and ask them to mail me an application.
I will return my ballot at least two to three weeks before Election Day. I will look for options to return my ballot in person.
If I am returning my ballot by mail, I will postmark it by November 7.
If I am returning my ballot in person, I will drop it off at my Board of Elections by 7:30pm on November 8.
I want to vote early. I will find my voting early location at https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/toolkit/early-voting/
I want to vote in person on Election Day. The polls are open from 6:30am – 7:30pm. I will find my polling place at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/toolkit/polling-location/
I will encourage my friends, family, and neighbors to make a plan to vote. I will personally follow up with at least three people to ensure they cast their ballot on or by Election Day.
Know your voting rights
If I am in line when polls are supposed to close, I will stay in line — I have the right to vote.
If I make a mistake on my ballot, I will ask for a new one.
If the machines are down at my polling place, I will ask for a paper ballot.
If my citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications are questioned, I will immediately call the Election Protection Hotline where trained volunteers are available to help.
If I run into any problems or have questions before or on Election Day, I will call the Election Protection hotline. I will save these numbers in my phone and share them with my family, friends, and neighbors too!
English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese: 1-888-API-VOTE / 1-888-274-8683
Help ensure every vote is counted
Sign up to be a poll monitor on Election Day or during Early Voting and support voters at the polls in person.
Spread the word about the Election Protection Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE with this social media toolkit.
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