Important dates, resources for Ohio voters ahead of Election Day

Published: Aug. 27, 2023 at 11:55 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 6, 2023 at 11:49 AM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohioans will head to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on reproductive rights, recreational marijuana legalization and a number of local issues.

Find a full listing of remaining early voting hours, important deadlines and election resources below.

Issue 1 will ask voters statewide whether reproductive rights should be enshrined into the state’s constitution.

If passed, the proposal would give everyone “the right to one’s own reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion,” according to the ballot language. It would grant legal protection to any person or entity helping a person getting reproductive treatment. Ohio is the only state with abortion rights on the ballot this fall.

Issue 2 will ask voters whether recreational marijuana should be legalized for adults 21 and over. If passed, Ohioans would be allowed to buy and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. They’d also be allowed to grow it at home.

The state would impose a 10% tax on marijuana purchases that would cover administrative costs, addiction treatment programs, municipalities with dispensaries and social equity and jobs programs.

Ohioans will also vote on local candidates and issues, like mayoral races, city council races, school boards, school levies and more.

There are new voter identification requirements in place this year and some forms of ID voters have used in the past may no longer be accepted, like utility bills or social security cards. Learn more about what is and is not accepted, as well as where to get a free ID, at the link here.

13 Action News will livestream Election Night coverage beginning when polls close at 7:30 p.m. Find updated election results for races we’ve covering at the link here.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023, and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Here are several important deadlines voters should know ahead of Election Day, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office:

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
  • Early voting begins: Wednesday, Oct. 11. You can cast a ballot at your county BOE office. The hours change week to week:
    • October 23-27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • October 30: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • October 31: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • November 1-3: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • November 4: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • November 5: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • The last day for early voting is Sunday, November 5. There are no early voting hours on Monday, November 6.
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: Request must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
  • Absentee ballot return deadline: Postmarked by November 6.


Find the link to your county Board of Elections office below

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