YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohioans must now show photo ID at the polls, as opposed to earlier rules permitting voters to show non-photo ID, like utility bills. The photo ID requirement does not apply to mail-in voters.
Mahoning County Elections Director Tom McCabe said you will need to bring a state-issued ID, military ID or a passport.
“It’s going to be a little more restrictive of what they need to provide,” McCabe said. “Fortunately, over the last four elections, is that 99% of the people provided that information to us. It’s the 1% we’re trying to get the message to.”
All photo IDs must have an expiration date that has not passed, a photo of you and your name. If you cannot provide proper ID, you will be given a provisional ballot. You must return to your county’s board of elections office no later than four days following Election Day to provide proper identification.
For the next three weeks, the Board of Elections offices will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The fourth week the hours will be extended and will be open Saturday and Sunday. You will also need to get your absentee ballot in earlier. Before, you had until the Saturday prior to election day.
“Now it’s actually the Tuesday prior to the election. That’s going to allow boards more time to make sure that ballot gets that voter. So those deadlines are changing,” McCabe said.
For this upcoming primary in May, you will need your absentee ballot returned no later than April 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Monday is the last day to register to vote. Early and absentee voting in Ohio starts Tuesday. If you have any concerns regarding your registration status or if your information is up to date, you can contact your county elections office.