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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. 

Election Day

  • 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.

Be ready to vote

Make a plan to vote

  • I want to vote by mail.
    • I will request my absentee ballot earlier sooner than later.
    • 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