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TIFFIN, OH — With the November general election quickly approaching, it’s important to know deadlines and other information in terms of voter registration and early voting:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 is the last day to register to vote.

You can check to see if you’re registered to vote by clicking here. If you’re not registered to vote and wish to do so before the deadline, click here.

The Seneca County Board of Elections (71 S. Washington St., Tiffin) will be open for in-person voting during the following hours:

Week 1

• 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, from
October 10, 2018 through October 12, 2018

Week 2

•8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from
October 15, 2018 through October 19, 2018

Week 3

•8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from
October 22, 2018 through October 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018

Week 4

•8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from
October 29, 2018 through November 2, 2018
•8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018
•1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2018

Election Week

•8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2018
Voters who are in line at the closing time are
permitted to vote.

If you’d like to vote absentee by mail, click here for information.

Here are the major races in the Ohio 2018 election:

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton – Democratic

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted – Republican

Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson – Libertarian

Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph – Green

Attorney General

Steve Dettelbach – Democratic

Dave Yost – Republican

U.S. Senator

Sherrod Brown – Democratic

Jim Renacci – Republican

Representative to Congress (4th District)

Jim Jordan – Republican

Janet Garrett – Democratic

State Representative (88th District)

Bill Reineke – Republican

Rachel Crooks – Democratic

County Commissioner (Seneca County)

Mike Kerschner – Republican

Cheryl Radin-Norman – Democratic

Ohio Issue 1 – To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs  

If adopted, the amendment would:

Require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except individuals incarcerated for murder, rape, or child molestation, by up to 25% if the individual participates in rehabilitative, work, or educational programming.

Mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor.

Prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing, or using such drugs until an individual’s third offense within 24 months.

Allow an individual convicted of obtaining, possessing, or using any such drug prior to the effective date of the amendment to ask a court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the individual has completed the sentence.

Require any available funding, based on projected savings, to be applied to state-administered rehabilitation programs and crime victim funds.

Require a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time, for minor, non-criminal probation violations.

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

You are qualified to vote if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the election. If you will be 18 on or before the election, you may vote in the primary election for candidates, but not on issues.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You register to vote at least 30 days before the election.

How do I register to vote?

You may register to vote at one of the following locations:

  • Office of the Seneca County Board of Elections.
  • Any Public Library.
  • Any Public High School or Vocational School.
  • Any Office of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • Any offices of designated agencies which provide public assistance or disability programs.

Or call the Seneca County Board of Elections at 419-447-4424 and ask that a Voter Registration Form be mailed to you. Complete the form and return to the Seneca County Board of Elections office.

What if I have changed my address or name?

If you are already registered to vote in Seneca County and have changed your address or changed your name, you must update your voter registration. You do this by submitting a new Voter Registration Form to the Board of Elections. You may also update your voter registration at any of the locations listed above.

What address may I list as my residence?

Ohio law establishes your residence as the place to which, whenever you are absent, you have the intent to return. A post office box or a business address is not an acceptable address for your residence.

Can a college student vote from their school address?

Yes, if the student establishes that place as their residence and registers to vote. Otherwise, the student must vote in their home county where they are registered to vote.

Do I declare my political party affiliation when I register to vote?

No. Under Ohio law, a person’s political party affiliation is determined by the party ballot they choose to vote in a partisan Primary Election.

Where do I vote?

Click here to find your polling location.

You will receive a postcard/ID card assigning you to the polling location designated to serve the precinct in which you reside. If you are in doubt as to the location of this polling place, call the Seneca County Board of Elections at 419-447-4424. Polling locations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

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