CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County residents filed in and out of the Board of Elections Commission Tuesday, hoping to beat the clock and get registered to vote in the 2012 election.
Election officers said they will keep their doors open on the corner of Euclid Avenue and E. 30th Street until 9 p.m. so last minute voters can get registered.
Gabe Pollack, from Philadelphia, recently moved to Cleveland. He wanted to make sure he was registered to vote here, thereby making his vote count.
"I just went straight upstairs registered and changed my address. I'm a transplant to Ohio, excited to vote in this state for the first time."
For Gia High School student senior Singleton Grant, he celebrated his 18th birthday, calling it an experience of a lifetime.
"I just turned 18 yesterday. This was a birthday present for me to be able to vote for the people I wanted to vote for because people died for this," said Grant.
Meanwhile, here's a look at where Ohio voters can find their polling places, the hours they can cast a ballot and what they should have with them whether they vote early or on Nov. 6:
Ohioans must vote in their precinct at their designated polling place on Election Day. Unsure of where that is? County boards of elections can help. Here's a link to a board directory, http://bit.ly/UwZsfu. Or voters can find their polling place online here: http://bit.ly/UwZofK.
ELECTION DAY HOURS:
On Election Day, voters can cast a ballot between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
EARLY VOTING HOURS:
Secretary of State Jon Husted has established uniform early voting hours for all the state's 88 counties, which exclude weekends. Early voting hours for the final weekend and Monday prior to the election are limbo because they are the subject of a court challenge.
Here's a look at what the new business hours will be for county boards of elections for in-person, early voting:
- Oct. 9; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., to allow for late voter registration.
- Oct. 10-Oct. 12 and Oct. 15-19; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Oct. 22-Oct. 26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 1; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHAT TO BRING:
Voters appearing at a polling place to vote on Election Day must provide name, current address and proof of identity. Ohioans who do not provide one of these ID documents at the precinct can vote using a provisional ballot.
Forms of voter ID include: a current, state- or federal government-issued photo identification card; a military ID; a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a current government check: a current paycheck; or a government document that shows the voter's name and current address.
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