Elections for Congress, a U.S. Senate seat, Ohio governor and other statewide positions will be decided Tuesday night.
CANTON Polls for this year's general election will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in 284 precincts at schools, churches, government and other buildings at 135 locations throughout Stark County.
On the ballot are candidates for Congress, the Senate, governor of Ohio and other statewide positions, state representative, state senator, county commissioner, county auditor and judges.
Voters will also decide local issues like a proposed levy increase for the Stark County District Library and a requested income tax increase in North Canton to fund a safety center.
Thousands have already voted since early voting began on Oct. 10.
Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, said that in-person early voting and voting by absentee ballot have roughly doubled from the last midterm election in 2014.
She said the Board of Elections has about 1,500 poll workers who'll be staffing locations and transporting voting machine memory cards with vote tallies to the Board of Elections office after voting closes.
Here's what voters may want to know:
If you weren't registered to vote as of the Oct. 9 deadline, you cannot vote in this election.
To find your polling location, go to the Stark County Board of Elections website. To find out which candidates, the offices they're seeking and issues are on your ballot, also visit the website.
The library district includes most of Stark County but not the school districts of Massillon, Alliance, Marlington, North Canton, Louisville, Northwest and Minerva. Voters in those districts would not vote on the 2.2-mill levy request.
Today is the deadline to mail in your absentee ballot. It must be postmarked by today. You will need to affix 71 cents in postage. You can verify that your ballot has arrived at the Board of Elections by checking its website at "Track My Ballot."
If you choose not to mail your absentee ballot in, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday is the deadline to go to the Stark County Board of Elections at 3525 Regent Ave. NE in Canton and hand in your absentee ballot.
If you're voting by mailed absentee ballot, you have to provide the required information on the envelope you insert your ballot. You must sign the envelope or your vote will not count. If you fail to sign, the Board of Elections will send you a notice and you have until Nov. 13 to go to the Board of Elections to sign your envelope for your vote to be counted.
If you want to vote early in person today, you can vote at the Stark County Board of Elections between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If you mail or hand in an absentee ballot or vote early in person, you are required to provide your name, date of birth, address at which you are registered to vote, and either your Ohio driver's license number, last four digits of your Social Security number or copy of official identification or official document like a bank statement or utility bill with your name and current address on it. More information can be found here about absentee voting or early voting.
Voters going to the polls on Tuesday have to show poll workers an ID like an unexpired Ohio driver's license or state identification card or an official document with their name and address like a bank statement or utility bill. A passport is unacceptable because it doesn't have the voter's address. For a complete list of acceptable documents, go here.
If you arrive and for some reason the polling locations is not open, you can report that and other issues to the Board of Elections at (330) 451-8683.
If you don't want to vote on the touchscreen machine, you can vote with a paper optical scan ballot. If you encounter any problems or issues or you believe you've gotten the wrong ballot, notify a poll worker immediately. Once you press "Cast ballot," no changes or corrections can be made.
If you lack sufficient identification or you're voting in a precinct for an address you just moved to but didn't register with the Board of Elections, you will have to vote by provisional ballot. Your vote will be counted only if the Board can verify that you have identification or you live at that address.
Mullane said the only change in polling locations since the May primary is that voters in Canton precincts 6B and 6D will be voting at the VFW Post 3747 at 1935 Avalon Ave. NE in Canton instead of Crenshaw Middle School.
Reach Repository writer Robert Wang at (330) 580-8327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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