Today is voting day, and as Americans we should all exercise this right! And don’t worry, all commercials will come to an end tomorrow and regular programming will go on as scheduled. We should all do our civic duty, get out to the polls, and vote today!
Have an excuse not to vote? There are many myths about voting in Ohio, read up as we debunk the Ohio voting myths.
- MYTH: People with disabilities cannot bring someone with them to help them vote.
TRUTH: If you cannot mark your ballot or if you need assistance because of your disability, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for assistance from precinct election officials. You may ask anyone to help you vote, except for the following people:
- Your employer
- An agent of your employer
- An agent of your union
- Any candidate whose name appears on the ballot
- MYTH: Absentee ballots do not get counted.
TRUTH: All absentee ballots that are received on-time and meet Ohio’s legal requirements will be counted and included in the official election returns.
- MYTH: Nursing home residents are not allowed to vote.
TRUTH: If a person has a disability and is confined to a public or private institution, the county board of elections can deliver a ballot to them. Two election officials of different political parties will deliver the ballot and return the ballot to the board of elections.
- MYTH: A driver’s license is required to vote.
TRUTH: All voters must bring acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity. Acceptable identification includes a current and valid photo identification; military identification; or a copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.
- MYTH: Voters must have a reason to vote absentee.
TRUTH: In Ohio, voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Absentee voting is now an option for all Ohio registered voters. A ballot can be requested by mail or voted in-person at a county board of elections or the designated early voting location.
So there you go, voters! Voting Myths Debunked! See you at the polls!
Source: Ohio Secretary of State Voting and Elections website. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters/voterswithdisabilities/ADAmyths.aspx