Sep 3, 2019

Your Voting Rights

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By Diana Mairose, HCDDS advocacy adviser and a voting rights advocate

Voting is an important way you can take part in your community. We need people with disabilities to have their voices heard! Your vote does count, and voting can allow you to be independent while making choices that concern your life. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Here are some important tips and reminders:
  • You can vote if you are registered and at least 18 years old by Election Day. To vote in this November's election, you need to register by Oct. 7.
  • If you have a guardian, you may still vote. You can ask your guardian or family member support you when you vote, either at the polls or at home.
  • If you vote in person, you must have an ID or information with your name and current address listed, such as a bank statement, paycheck or utility bill.
  • If transportation is difficult, you may also vote at home using an absentee ballot. You can then mail your ballot back to the Board of Elections or drop it off in person. More information about absentee ballots is on the Board of Elections website or by calling (513) 632-7039.
  • Another resource is the Ohio Secretary of State's website. You can also call (877) 767-6446 for information. They also have a Voter Access Guide for people with disabilities. 
  • Early voting begins Oct. 8. You can vote by mail or during set hours at the Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Road in Norwood. On Election Day, Ohio polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • If you have a disability-related voting concern, you can contact Disability Rights Ohio at (800) 282-9181. The hotline is operated while polls are open on Election Day.
To learn about the candidates and issues on your ballot, you can find information from the League of Women Voters as Election Day gets closer. If you have questions about your voting rights, you may also contact me with questions by phone, (513) 559-6636, or by email at diana.mairose@hamiltondds.org
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