Your voting options in 2020

By: Jenna Thomas

Voter line at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, By: Maddie Saines

Although Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3rd, millions of people across the country have already casted their vote. This election season is unlike any other, but the options citizens have to vote remain the same. Here are the choices, between now and the end of Election Day, to vote.

  1. Vote-By-Mail/Absentee: First, you must fill out a vote-by-mail ballot request form found here. You can print the form or call your county’s Board of Elections to have them mail you a copy. The completed request form can be mailed to your Board of Elections (BOE) or dropped off at the drop-box located at your BOE. After this, you will receive your ballot. You can take time to complete the ballot, but it must be postmarked by November 2, 2020 or dropped off in-person at the BOE drop-box by the end of voting on Election Day. If you are choosing this option, make sure to get your application in as soon as possible, and give everything you are mailing extra time due to delays. 
  1. Early Voting In-Person: In Ohio, early voting begins nearly a month before Election Day. Your early voting location is most likely at your county’s Board of Elections, but you can double check here. You must bring an ID―but don’t be alarmed if you do not have an Ohio driver’s license or a state ID. Check out your alternative options below. The BOE will be open as early as 8am and as late as 7pm leading up to the election, including hours on the weekends. Check out the full schedule here.
  1. Election Day Voting In-Person: This method is just like voting early, but you will do it at your designated polling location. Use this tool to find your polling location. Bring one of the listed ID options and any information on candidates you will use to vote. You’re allowed to bring notes or your phone in to review your candidate research into the booth.

Identification Options:

Any government issued in-state photo ID such as a driver’s license or a state ID card. It cannot be expired, but it can have a former address as long as your information is up-to-date in the voter rolls!, a utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, a military ID.

NOT ACCEPTED IDs include:

A passport, a social security card, a birth certificate,  driver’s license from another state.

If you’re still unsure who to vote for in the local elections, there are plenty of nonpartisan resources to help you get to know the candidates. The League of Women Voters publishes a detailed candidate questionnaire every year. The Cuyahoga County voter guide can be accessed here

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out through The Cauldron social media and we can help.

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