Election Day in Ohio and Pennsylvania: Know before you go
If you didn't vote early and plan to cast your ballot today in Ohio and Pennsylvania, here are some things you should know before going to the polls in either state.
What’s on my ballot?
You can preview what is on your partisan or non-partisan primary ballot by following the below links:
Where and when do I vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 , 2022?
What documents are needed to vote in Ohio?
There are several types of valid ID.
Photo ID: Any document issued by the U.S. government or the State of Ohio that includes ALL of the following is an acceptable photo identification:
An expiration date that has not passed;
A photograph of the voter;
The voter’s name, which must substantially conform to the voter’s name as it appears in the Poll List or in the Poll Book; and
The voter’s current address must substantially conform to the voter’s address as it appears in the Poll List or in the Poll Book unless the ID is an Ohio driver’s license or state ID card.
NOTE: On July 2, 2018, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles began issuing a new format of Ohio’s driver's licenses and state identification cards. The BMV is also issuing Ohio Interim Documentation until the applicant receives their new ID through the mail. A driver’s license or state identification card in the old or new format, the Ohio Interim Documentation, and a voter’s old, hole-punched driver’s license or state ID card are acceptable forms of identification for voting, as long as the expiration date has not passed.
If the voter changed their name and provides proof of the legal name change, completes and signs Form 10-L, and is registered within the precinct, the voter’s name as it appears on the photo ID may or may not be the voter’s reported change of name.
Military ID: Valid military identification cards or copies of such cards must be accepted regardless of whether they contain a name or address. However, this form of ID must still allow a precinct election official to determine that it is the military ID card of the person who is presenting it for the purpose of voting.
Utility Bill: A utility bill is a statement of fees owed and/or paid for services, and includes, but is not limited to, water, sewer, electric, heating, cable, internet, telephone and cellular telephone services. A valid utility bill may show a $0.00 balance or no amount owed.
Bank Statement: A bank statement includes, but is not limited to, a statement from any financial or brokerage institution.
Government Check: A government check includes, but is not limited to, a paycheck, check stub or receipt provided for direct deposit of funds issued by any level of government (known as “political subdivision”) in Ohio, or for any other state, or the United States government.
Paycheck: A paycheck includes a paycheck, check stub or receipt provided for the direct deposit of wages or earnings from any public or private employer.
For the forms of ID listed in 3-6 above, the following rules for determining their validity apply:
The document may be a printout of an electronically transmitted copy or regular paper copy.
The name and address on the document must conform to the voter’s information as it appears in the Poll Book.
The document must be current within 12 months of the Election Day for which the voter is presenting it.
Other Government Document: Must contain the correct name and current address of the voter.
Other government documents are acceptable forms of voter identification. A government document is a document that is issued by a government office, which includes any local (city, county, township, and village government), state or federal government office, branch, agency, department, division or similar component, including a board, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio. Examples of government documents include but are not limited to, letters, tax bills, licenses, notices, court papers, grade reports, and transcripts.
The name and address on the government document must conform to the voter’s name as it appears in the Poll List or in the Poll Book.
The document must be current within 12 months of the Election Day for which the voter is presenting it for the purpose of voting or has on it an expiration date that has not passed as of the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.
What's on my ballot?
Sample ballots in various precincts may be viewed by following the below link:
When and where do I vote?
In Pennsylvania, Polls are open on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The below link will display your polling location.
What documents do I need to vote?
When voting at a polling place for the first time, you must show proof of identification, either with photo or not.
Approved forms of photo identification include:
- Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
- ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
- ID issued by the U.S. Government
- U.S. passport
- U.S. Armed Forces ID
- Student ID
- Employee ID
If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address.
- Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
- Firearm permit
- Current utility bill
- Current bank statement
- Current paycheck
- Government check
Am I registered to vote?
Check your voter registration by following the below link: