Cassy (sassy7cassy) wrote in theohiostateu,
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OHIO VOTER ID LAWS

THE ONLY ID YOU NEED IS AN UNEXPIRED DRIVERS LICENSE, EVEN IF IT HAS A DIFFERENT ADDRESS ON IT.

Do not let anyone at the polling places tell you differently.

From the Secretary of State webpage:

Election Day Voting

  • A current and valid photo identification (i.e. Ohio driver’s license, state ID, government ID). Photo identification must show name and address (does not need to be current address for driver’s license); or
  • A military identification that shows the voter’s name and current address; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university).
Note: 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.

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/info/takeid.aspx

Go prepared just in case but if your ID has a different address (like your parents' address) and you don't have anything else, legally, you DO NOT NEED the additional ID as long as your license has not expired.  This information comes to me from an election observer for tomorrow.  They will be in several polling places.  They are able to discuss the laws with the poll workers, find out if one is in your polling place if you run into trouble!  There was confusion with the voter ID legislation which Jennifer Brunner, the Ohio Secretary of State, has since issued additional directives on.


If someone gives you hassle and you know you're in the right, REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY. 

Columbus Dispatch election day hotline: 614-469-6009
Voting Rights Institute: 1-877-VOTE-VRI
Franklin County Board of Elections: 614-462-3100 (if voting in Franklin County)

R.C. 3503.28(A)(1)(6)

Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity. Identification may include a current and valid photo identification, a military identification that shows the voter's name and current address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than this reminder or a voter registration notification, that shows the voter's name and current address. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the voter's social security number and by casting a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

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