Prizm News / October 9, 2018 / By Bob Vitale

Early voting starts Wednesday across Ohio; LGBTQ voters in Franklin County will kick voting off Thursday with a party.


By Prizm News

Today is the last day you can register to vote in Ohio or update your registration for the Nov. 6 elections.

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(Do it here.)

What’s at stake?

Well, we’re electing a new governor (Republican John Kasich is term-limited). We’re electing a new attorney general (the current one, Mike DeWine, is the guy who fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a failed attempt to stop marriage equality. He wants to be governor).

We’re electing 16 members of Congress, a U.S. senator, 99 members of the Ohio House and 17 members of the Ohio Senate. We’re also electing county commissioners, judges and other county-level officials.

You can register online. Have your Ohio driver’s license or state ID card number ready, as well as the last four digits of your Social Security number.

It’s a good idea to check your registration as well. Go to this state website and enter your name and county. If you don’t find it, there are links to your county board of elections so you can get to the bottom of things.

With the close of voter registration today, Ohio’s early-voting period starts Wednesday. The hours and dates are the same in all 88 counties:

• On weekdays through Friday, Oct. 26, you can vote in person at your county board of elections or its designated early-voting location from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here to find out where it is in your county.

• On Saturday, Oct. 27, you can vote from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at your county’s early-voting location.

• From Monday, Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 2, you can vote from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

• Voting is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

• On Sunday, Nov. 4, you can vote at your county’s early-voting location from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Early in-person voting takes place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.

Click here to find out what you need to do to vote early by mail.

Voting at traditional polling places takes place from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Click here to find your polling place.

LGBTQ groups across Ohio are engaged in a pre-election effort to make sure “equality voters”—those who choose candidates in large part because of their support for LGBTQ issues—cast their ballots in this year’s elections.

On Thursday, they’re hosting a party called “Come Out to Vote!” outside the Franklin County early-voting center at 1700 Morse Road, Columbus, 43229, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

You can cast your ballot before 5 p.m., get a rainbow “I Voted” sticker and stick around for music from Anne E. DeChant, Trey Pearson and Jo’el Monroe.








Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.