Ohio: How to vote, where to vote and what’s on the ballot | ET REALITY


Ohio voters will decide Tuesday on ballot measures that would add abortion rights to the state constitution and legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Abortion rights supporters have had a winning streak with ballot measures across the country, but their battle in Ohio may be particularly tough.

Here’s what else you should know:

In-person voting in Ohio will take place on Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Voters must bring a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or state ID card, to their polling places. A law that came into force this year changed what types of ID can be used to vote in Ohio, requiring voters to show photo IDs at the polls. Forms of identification such as utility bills or pay stubs are no longer eligible.

The secretary of state’s website maintains a complete list of acceptable types of identification.

Only Ohio residents who have already registered to vote can cast their ballot; The deadline for new voters to register for this election has passed. Voters who are unsure if they are registered can check by entering their name on the Ohio form. Voter Search Tool.

Voters can find their polling place by selecting their county and address in the secretary of state website.

It’s too late to return an absentee ballot by mail, but registered voters who received one but didn’t mail it by Monday’s deadline can still hand-deliver it to their local board of elections.

Ohio voters will weigh in on two ballot initiatives on Tuesday. The first, State Question 1, would amend the state constitution to protect access to abortion in the state. The amendment does not impose a particular limit on when an abortion can occur in a pregnancy, although it would allow lawmakers to restrict abortions after viability in separate legislation after the initiative passes.

The other measure on the ballot, State Question 2, would legalize the sale and use of marijuana by Ohioans 21 and older. The medication is legal for medical use in Ohio.

Voters can find a sample ballot for their county, complete with local elections, at Ohio Secretary of State Website.

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