Making Election Day hassle-free

Published 12:24 pm Monday, November 3, 2008

You can’t magically make the line at the ballot box disappear, but there are things voters can and should do to make that election day trip to the polls as hassle-free as possible.

According to information from Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, voters should bring with them some form of identification. A current and valid photo identification (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID card, government ID) is an acceptable form of identification. The photo identification must show the voter’s name and address. It does not need to be a current address for a driver’s license or state ID card). The voter may also bring a military identification that shows the voter’s name. The military card does not need to show address. The voter may also bring a copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).

Ohio law provides you cannot use as proof of identification a notice that the board of elections mailed to you. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by provisional ballot.

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