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Voting in the Valley: Where to go and what you need to know

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Although it isn't a presidential election year, the political climate is at such an intense level you wouldn't know it.

Early voting is up in Ohio and races for governor and Congress are expected to draw people to the polls and you want to be prepared when you go to cast your ballot on Tuesday.

In addition to locations and times for voting, you will find here a list of candidates, issues, and questions for each county below.

When do I vote?

In Ohio, the polls are open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm on Nov. 6

In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7 am until 8 pm on Nov. 6

Where do I vote?

In Ohio, you can find your polling location by following this link

In Pennsylvania, you can find our polling location by following this link

What's on my ballot?

Ohio - Mahoning County sample ballot

Ohio - The Trumbull County Board of Elections does not provide a link to sample ballots. However, you can find a list of candidates and issues below.

Ohio - Columbiana County sample ballot

Pennsylvania - Mercer County sample ballot

Do registered voters need to produce ID to vote?

Ohio

Voters planning to cast their ballot in-person on Election Day in Ohio should remember to bring proper identification, according to the Secretary of State.

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at an Ohio polling place to vote on Election Day include:

An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with a present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;

A military identification;

A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;

An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or

An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months.   “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill.    “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.  “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district, and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.

Provisional ballots:

If you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.

If you do not provide one of the above documents or your driver’s license/state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification.

Pennsylvania

If you have voted at your polling location before and are registered, you do not need to bring ID to vote in Pennsylvania. Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID.

Acceptable IDs for first-time Pennsylvania voters:

Driver’s license

U.S. passport

Military, student, or employee ID

Voter registration card

Firearm permit

Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check

Any ID issued by the commonwealth or federal government

Below are candidates, issues and questions voters will see in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties.  

MAHONING COUNTY CANDIDATES, ISSUES AND QUESTIONS

TRUMBULL COUNTY CANDIDATES

TRUMBULL COUNTY QUESTIONS AND ISSUES

COLUMBIANA COUNTY CANDIDATES, QUESTIONS, AND ISSUES

MERCER COUNTY CANDIDATES AND ISSUES (No early voting)

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