Smart Voter What's New in the November 2006 Ohio Election? League of Women Voters
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You must have registered to Vote by October 9, 2006. If you have any questions about how to register, where to register, or to find out if you are registered, contact your county Board of Elections.


  • In January, Ohio's General Assembly passed a new election law. The law requires voters to show one of various forms of identification before casting a ballot. Remember to bring proof of identity to the polls when you vote on November 7. You may use:

    • current and valid government photo identification card (for example, driver's license) or
    • military ID or
    • copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or government document showing your name and current address.

    Note: You cannot use the notice the Board of Elections mailed to you.

    The Secretary of State's WebPages has information on the New Identification Requirements.

  • A court settlement the week before Election Day yielded these results:
    Absentee ballots can be submitted without ID; and voters with absolutely no ID, or who refuse to show ID, can affirm that they are registered voters and vote provisionally.

    Provisional ballots are those that are not counted until after an inspection because of some perceived deficiency in the voter's eligibility. They are inspected and, if approved, usually counted days after the regular votes are counted.


Besides new ID requirements, most voters will face new voting machines when they walk into their polling places.

See a list of the counties and which Voting Machines they will be using from the Secretary of State.

Of Southwest Ohio counties, only Butler chose the Diebold touch-screen, which looks like an ATM machine and has a scrolling paper record that is visible to the voter. Clermont and Warren counties have Election Systems & Software optical scan machines. Voters fill in circles on a paper ballot that is fed through a scanner immediately. Hamilton County has Hart InterCivic digital scanning machines that work like the optical scan machines.

Polling place workers are trained to help you identify and correct specified errors in voting.

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