Exercise Your Right to Vote
A Voting Guide for the November 8th Election
By Amber Wright, Marketing Coordinator
The November 8th election is just around the corner. Are you prepared to use your voice at the ballot box?
The Foodbank, Inc. is a bipartisan organization that encourages all citizens to exercise their right to vote. Here is a quick voter’s guide for Ohio residents preparing for the upcoming election:
Check Your Registration at VoteOhio.gov
October 11th is the deadline to register to vote. You can apply by mail or in person at a local election office, but the quickest way is to register online. If you have already registered, make sure that your current address is listed.
At VoteOhio.gov you can check your registration, update your address, or complete your registration in a matter of minutes. This website also allows you to locate the nearest polling place, identify your voting districts, and much more.
Choose Your Voting Method
Voting can be done in person at the polls on election day or by absentee ballot.
If you choose to vote in person, you must locate your polling place. Polls open at 6:30 am and close at 7:30 pm. A current and valid photo ID is required in the state of Ohio. Identification cards past their expiration date will not be accepted. More details about the requirements can be found here.
If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, you must submit a request form, postmarked before November 5th. This form may be filled out online, but a hard copy must be printed and mailed to your county board of elections for submission. Board mailing addresses can be found here. Once you receive a paper ballot, it must be filled out and postmarked no later than November 7th. More information about absentee voting can be found here.
Accessible absentee voting for disabled voters is available as well. More information can be found here or by calling (877) 767-6446.
Do Your Research
One way to learn about issues or candidates for an upcoming local election is by watching the local news channels and reading local newspapers. However, more extensive, and focused research can be done online.
Here are a few helpful resources to get you started on your independent research:
It is best to consult multiple sources when doing this kind of research. You can further investigate by visiting the candidates’ websites and social media pages.
Your voice matters and you can use it to vote against hunger. No matter your political preferences, we encourage everyone to get out and exercise their constitutional right of participating in the selection process. Change begins at the ballot box. We hope to see you there!