Voting Myths

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Voters in Hamilton Co cast their ballots on a hand-marked paper ballot that is scanned by the voter. The paper ballot is a legal record that is hand counted in an audit or recount and compared to the machine count.

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Election Workers/Poll Workers receive payment for working the election. They attend a training class; set up the polling place the night before the election; and work Election Day.

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A residence does not have to be a house or apartment. A shelter or other location at which the person has been a regular inhabitant and to which the person has the intention of returning is a person’s residence for voting purposes.

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Ohio does not require a reason to vote early. Voters may choose to vote early by mail, in-person at the BOE Office, or at their polling place on Election Day.

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A voter with a disability can vote without assistance using the BOE’s Access Writer at their polling place or the Board Office, or vote from home using a Remote Ballot Marking device.

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Absentee voters must provide a driver license #; last four digits of social security #; military ID; or a copy of: photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, govt check, paycheck or other govt document that shows name and current address.

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In Ohio, 17 year old high school seniors can work the polls. We have a successful Youth at the Booth program, employing thousands of students since 2008. VoteHamiltonCountyOhio.gov for info on our Youth at the Booth program.

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Electors who are convicted of a felony and incarcerated cannot vote. Once the elector is released from incarceration, the elector may re-register to vote.

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A voter must request a ballot by submitting an application every election. (Exception: military and civilian overseas voter applications are good for all elections occurring in that year.)

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All validly cast absentee ballots are counted, regardless of the closeness of a race. They are the first ballots counted on Election Night.

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Polling places in Ohio must be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many times polling places are changed to be ADA compliant. Sometimes a privately owned facility chooses to no longer be a polling place.

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A US passport is not an acceptable form of ID for voting purposes. Passports do not contain the voter’s address.

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In Ohio, it is not permitted to send vote totals over the internet from polling locations to county board of elections. Our Vote Counting Room has no internet connection.

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A power of attorney is not valid for signing election documents. A voter may appoint someone to sign on their behalf by filing an Attorney-In-Fact form with the BOE.

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The voter may vote by casting a provisional ballot at the BOE Office or at their new polling location on Election Day.

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All validly cast provisional ballots are counted in the official count in each election. In Nov of 2019, 90% of provisional ballots cast were counted in Hamilton County.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter’s eligibility is in question. The most common reasons for someone to vote provisionally is because they did not update their current address, they did not bring ID to the polls or they may have requested an Absentee ballot and not voted it yet. By voting provisional, a voter has a second chance to cast a ballot in the election.

The voter is given their precinct ballot to vote but it is cast ‘provisionally’ until election officials at the Board can verify the voter’s eligibility to vote in the particular precinct at that election.

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Election Night is an unofficial count. Validly cast provisional ballots and absentee ballots received 10 days after Election Day (postmarked before Election Day) are added to the official count which occurs 11-21 days later.

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17 year old voters who will be 18 by the November General Election, may vote to nominate candidates in the Primary Election.

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In Ohio, voters do not declare party affiliation when registering. Party affiliation is based upon the type of ballot (political party or issues only) the voter chooses when voting in a primary election.