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Ten Tips for a Successful Voting Experience!

Posted on 10/10/16 in Advocacy

There are numerous supports in place to facilitate Ohio Voters with disabilities in casting their ballots because everyone deserves to have their voice heard.

Here are Ten Tips for a successful voting experience!

  • Make sure you are registered to vote by going to the Secretary of State website and doing a Voter Search. Just fill in your name and county you live in.
  • If you find that you are not registered to vote, it’s not too late! Although you can’t register online, you can download a Voter Registration form from the MYOHIOVOTE.COM website. You’ll also find a list of places you can go to register in person or by mail. Whichever method you choose to register, you must do it by tomorrow, October 11th to vote in November’s Presidential Election.
  • After you register, or verify that you are registered, decide how you want to vote and begin coordinating your accommodations.
  • If you choose to vote by Absentee Ballot, visit the Ohio Secretary of State website and download the Absentee Ballot Request. You will also find a board of elections directory for further assistance.
  • Should you decide to vote in-person, find out where to go on your county’s Board of Elections website.
  • You may also take advantage of Early In-Person Voting to avoid waiting in potentially long lines. Call your local board of elections to find out how.
  • Bring a photo ID if you’re going to vote at the polls, as well as a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check that includes your name and current address. Even if you are a non-driver, make sure you have a current State ID on your person when you go vote.
  • You may have someone assist you in the voting booth as long as he/she is not your employer, an agent of your employer, an agent of your union, or a candidate on the ballot. Whoever that trusted helper is, make sure they are available to assist you on November 8th!
  • Know that people with disabilities have the right to vote, even if, they have a Guardian or live in an institutional setting. When accessibility requirements can’t be met at voting locations, curbside voting must be offered.
  • If you encounter barriers that prevent you from voting after you have registered to vote, decided how you want to vote, and made arrangements to have your accommodations in place, you may call Disability Rights Ohio at 800-282-9181.

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