November 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contacts: 
Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio, 614-579-5509
Camille Wimbish, Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, 614-441-9145
Carrie Davis, League of Women Voters of Ohio, 614-469-1505
Ohio Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE
 
Ohio Voter Rights Coalition:  What Voters Need to Know for Election Day

Columbus -  As voters prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition reminds voters what they need to know for Election Day.

"The top questions we receive on the Election Protection Hotline are where is my polling location and what time do polls open or close," said Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio. "Ohioans who voted by mail are also calling the Election Protection Hotline to track their ballot."

Voters have several options to locate their polling place:
- Online:  You can look up your polling place at your county Board of Elections website (BOE directory: bit.ly/OhBdElections), the Secretary of State's MyOhioVote.com site, GettothePolls.com, or Vote411.org.
Phone:  Call your county Board of Elections or the Election Protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE).
Text:   Text POLLOH to 864237 to have your polling place sent directly to your phone.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and the polls are open from 6:30am until 7:30pm. If you are in line at 7:30pm, the polls must stay open to let you vote.

If voters hear misinformation like the election was moved to a different date, they should report it right away to the Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

"If voters have questions or problems, they are urged to call the Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE," added Camille Wimbish of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition. "The Election Protection Hotline is there to help with any questions or problems you may face, from what type of ID is needed to responding to reports of voter intimidation."

Voters needing assistance in another language can call 888-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish), 888-API-VOTE (Asian & Pacific Island languages), or 844-418-1862 Yalla Vote (Arabic).

"We encourage voters to read up on what is on their ballot before they go vote so they can get in and out of the polls faster," added Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. "This year the League of Women Voters' nonpartisan voter guide is available online at Vote411.org so voters can easily learn about candidates and issues before they go vote. There is also a special website where voters can go to learn about candidates running for judge, JudicialVotesCount.org."

Local organizations are working with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to train volunteers to assist voters on Election Day.  Volunteer poll monitors will be deployed in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.  The League of Women Voters of Ohio is also working with the Carter Center on a pilot project to observe and report on Election Day activities in rural, urban and suburban areas throughout Ohio.

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