Exercise Your Right to Vote! lisadanford September 22, 2023

Exercise Your Right to Vote!

By James Harley

Every year, Americans vote for policies and politicians that will affect their lives. Whether it’s a local school levy, a statewide issue, or the president of the United States, we all have a fundamental right to let our voices be heard.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. You must be at least 18 years old and registered to vote to participate in the democratic process. The deadline to register to vote is 30 days before an election, which is Oct. 10 this year. You can register by mail or online.

Once you are registered, the Board of Elections will send you information about where to vote, if you choose to vote in person on Election Day. Ohio recently passed new voter ID laws and you need a photo ID if you plan to vote in person.

If you need accessible options to vote in Ohio, you can:

  • Request to have your ballot sent to you by mail (absentee) and you can send it back by mail.
  • Have a trusted person assist you with voting in person. Some voting machines have audio features that will read the ballot to you.
  • Curbside voting is another option for people with disabilities. You can request that a paper ballot be brought to your car to be filled out. Two people will bring the ballot to you, one representing each major political party.

The November general election is approaching soon. Remember, it’s your right to vote and you can make your voice heard! Learn more about voting on the Hamilton County Board of Elections website.

A man wearing a leather jacket sits in front of an accessible voting machine. He has headphones on and a controller in his hand that helps him cast his votes. There are several other people in the background.