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Registration deadline near for Nov. vote

By admin Published: October 3, 2010

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer

In Summit County, nearly 50,000 people who were old enough to vote in the May primary didn't register.

For those who want to register for the Nov. 2 election, time is running out: The deadline is Monday.

People who have never voted, recently moved, or married and changed their names need to fill out new registrations.

Here's more information about registration, provided by the Summit County Board of Elections and Ohio Secretary of State's Office:

Q: Who is eligible to vote?

A: Those who will be at least 18 on or before the day of the election, are U.S. citizens, will be Ohio residents for at least 30 days before the election, aren't incarcerated for a felony and haven't been declared incompetent or prohibited from voting for violating election laws.


Q: How can voters request registration forms?

A: By mail, telephone or in person or by having another person obtain them. Forms also are available on elections boards' Web sites and the secretary of state's site: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/

Q: Where is registration offered?

A: Local elections boards, public libraries, public high schools or vocational schools, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices, other designated agencies, including the Department of Job and Family Services, and by mail. In Summit County, voters also can go to the Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., where early voting is being offered. They can register and vote at the same time there.

Q: What hours are elections boards open?

A: Boards are closed on the weekends but will have extended hours Monday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Job Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Q: By when must registrations be sent by mail?

A: They must be postmarked by Monday.

Q: What identification is required?

A: For those registering in person, a current, valid Ohio driver's license number or the last four digits of the Social Security number. For those registering by mail, either the driver's license number or last four digits of the Social Security number or a copy of another document, such as a military identification or current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or government document that shows the voter's name and current address. ''Current'' means from the past year.

Q: Do those who have moved within the state or have gotten married and changed their names since the last election need to fill out a new registration form?

A: Yes.

Q: How can voters verify registration?

A: They can check their status on the secretary of state's Web site.


Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com.
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