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County Boards of Elections

 

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Other phone numbers

Rides to the polls: 
We don't know of anyone in particular giving rides. Try calling your local party headquarters
FranklinCounty Ds: 614-221-6563
FranklinCounty Rs: 614-224-3939

 



PROCESS

CANDIDATES/ISSUES

PRIMARY ELECTIONS

 

Poll Hours

Find Polling Place

Verifying Registration

I am not in the poll book, but I should be / improperly removed

ID

Moved

College voting

Changed Name

Absentee Voting

Track mail-in ballot

Are absentee ballots really counted?

Provisional Ballots

Paper Ballots

I voted absentee but changed my mind. How do I change my vote?

Felons' Voting Rights

Jailed persons' voting rights

On-line Voter Registration

Voting Assistance

Medical Emergency

Rides to Polls

What is on the ballot?

Sample Ballot

Issue 1: Redistricting

Issue 3: City Council

Write-in candidates

How do I write someone in?

How can I learn more about candidates & issues?

Judicial Candidate Information

Judicial Candidate - Political Party Info

How do I declare or change my party affiliation? 

Why don't I see ALL the candidates on my primary election ballot? 

Can I just vote on the issues?

Can 17-year-olds vote in the Primary?

Do I have to vote for the same party I am voting for in the primary?

What about Tiberi/District 12?

LEVIES, BONDS, AND MILLS

SECURITY

Levy vs. Bond issue

What is a mill?

Different kinds of levies

Can I photograph my ballot?

What is the No Campaigning area? What are the flags for?

Who is allowed to "observe"?

Someone was acting inappropriately or trying to intimidate

ABOUT THE LEAGUE

 

LWV Nonpartisan Policy

Can I join the League?

 



Poll Hours

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Anyone in line to vote at 7:30 p.m. is permitted to vote.

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Polling Place

  • On FRANKLIN County Board of Elections site, click on Voters on the top; then Voter Information Search, then Search by Address.
  • Enter house number, street name, zip code, and hit search.
  • You can access polling place location, map, and sample ballot.

Example:  200 E. 7th Street
House number: 200
Street: Seventh (not E., not Street, not 7)

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Note: The process differs on different counties' websites.  Check "Boards of Elections Cheat Sheet" in your training materials.

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Verifying Registration 

 

  • On FRANKLIN County Board of Elections site, click on Voters, then My Registration.
  • Enter first name, last name, house number, and birth year, and hit the login button.
  • If the person is registered at that address, their name will come up, and you can access a sample ballot and their polling place.

Note: The process differs on different counties' websites.  Check "Boards of Elections Cheat Sheet" in your training materials.

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I am not in the poll book, but I should be / improperly removed

Make sure you are in the right polling place, then vote a provisional ballot.

Tomorrow, contact the Board of Elections and talk to them about it.

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ID

 

For more details, see poll worker training manual, starting on
p. 90.

Acceptable IDs:

  • An Ohio driver’s license or state ID card. The card must be current (not expired), but it can have an old address.
  • A U.S. Military ID with your name and photo (address not required).
  • A government ID with your name, current address, and photo.
  • An original or copy of one of the following current documents that shows your name and current address:  utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, pay stub, college/university document, government check, or other government document. The document must have a date within one year of Election Day to be accepted as current. This must be a paper bill; you can't just show a picture of it on your phone.
  • College documents: An ID that has the correct name and current address of the voter, as it appears in the poll book, and is no more than one year old. Other college documents count as "government documents" if they come from a a public college, whether or not in Ohio, such as letters, grade reports, transcripts, etc.
  • Ohio Hunting/Fishing License
  • A speeding ticket.
  • Ohio License to Carry a Concealed Handgun, if it is less than 1 year old.
  • If you do not have any of the above, you may use the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. You will have to vote a provisional ballot, but it will be counted so long as the number matches your voter registration.

NOT acceptable IDs:

  • Driver's license or photo ID issued by a state other than Ohio.
  • Social Security card (although the last 4 digits only can be used on provisional or absentee ballot)
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Any registration notice or document from the Board of Elections.

graphic showing acceptable IDs in Ohio

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Moved

 

There's a flow chart on p. 108 of the poll worker training manual.

 

Within Ohio:   Always vote at the polling place for your new/current address.  If you were registered in Ohio and moved, either within the county or to a different county, and if you re-registered at your new address by April 9, you vote a regular ballot at your new precinct.

If you moved within your same voting location (e.g.,  from one apartment to another within the same building) and your ID is good, vote a regular ballot but fill out a change of address form.

If you moved to a  new precinct but did NOT re-register at your new address, you will vote a provisional ballot at your new precinct.  You will also be given a change of address form, so you'll be all set for next time.

This includes students at Ohio colleges who are registered to vote in Ohio.

If the student is registered but did not request an absentee ballot to vote at home, he or she can vote a provisional ballot at their new polling place and fill out a change of address form. This will change their permanent address to their address at school.  If the student moves next year, s/he will need to update their voter registration again.

  • College documents: An ID that has the correct name and current address of the voter, as it appears in the poll book, and is no more than one year old. Other college documents count as "government documents" if they come from a a public college, whether or not in Ohio, such as letters, grade reports, transcripts, etc.

Moved from a different state?  You must have registered to vote in Ohio by the deadline to vote here (30 days prior to the election).

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Changed Name

 

 

If you have changed your name, but forgot to update your voter registration, you can vote a regular ballot this time, but ONLY IF you bring in legal proof of your name change (such as a marriage license or court order), as well as another form of ID that shows your current address. The election official will help you fill out a "change of name" form, and you'll be all set for the next election.  If you don't bring legal documentation, you'll vote a provisional ballot.

If you also moved to a different address, see instructions above, under MOVED.  You will have to vote a provisional ballot, even if you moved within the same precinct, because you also changed your name.

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Absentee Voting

 

 

The deadline to request an absentee ballot was Saturday at noon.  If you already have applied for an absentee ballot, your voted ballot must be received by your Board of Elections before 7:30 tonight. It is too late to mail it. (Must be postmarked the day before the election.)

Take your ballot to the Board office, NOT to a polling place.  The Franklin County Board of Elections is at 1700 Morse Road, just east of Karl Road.  This is where early voting has taken place for the last several years.  Before that, it was a Kohl's store.

If you requested an absentee ballot but did not receive it or did not return it, you may vote a provisional ballot at your polling place. It will be counted if the Board has not received your voted absentee ballot.

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Track mail-in ballot

In FranklinCounty, you can track the progress of your absentee ballot.  Click "Track my ballot" on the Absentee Voting page of the Board of Elections site.

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Are absentee ballots really counted?

Yes. They are the first ballots counted after the polls close at 7:30.  In fact, when you hear news reports with projections of the results soon after the polls close with "zero precincts reporting," it is the early and absentee ballots that are being reported. Absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day (postmarked the day before the election) and authenticated provisional ballots are counted and included in the final vote tally that is announced 10 days after the election.

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Provisional Ballots

 

 

 

Provisional ballots are paper ballots a person may be required to use to vote – instead of getting to vote on the machines – if there is some question about the voter's identity.

The main reasons you'd have to vote provisionally are:

  • you don't have proper ID,
  • you haven't changed your address (but you're in the right polling place), or
  • you requested an absentee ballot but decided to vote at your polling place instead.

A provisional ballot has all the candidates and issues that you would vote if you were using the machines.  There is also identification information that the voter MUST fill out completely and sign. 

Once the Board of Elections processes the information provided, and it knows that you are registered and in the right polling place, the vote is counted.  This is one of the reasons why election results are not official until 10 days after an election.

If a provisional voter has no ID and refuses to add the last 4 digits of their SS number to the required paperwork, they have 7 days to bring a good ID to the Board of Elections. Otherwise their provisional ballot can not be counted.

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Paper Ballots

 

Anybody who doesn't want to vote on the machines can request a paper regular ballot instead.  If the lines are too long, or if there is a problem with the machines, voters must be reminded that they can vote on paper ballots.

The difference between paper and provisional ballots is that paper ballots go directly into the secure box of voted ballots that get counted right away.  Provisional ballots are set aside until the voter's eligibility can be confirmed.

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I voted absentee but changed my mind. How do I change my vote?

You cannot change your vote once it has been cast.

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Felons' Voting Rights

Felons can vote in Ohio, if they are no longer in prison and are registered to vote.  An otherwise qualified person convicted of a felony may register and vote while on probation or parole or after completing his or her prison sentence.

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Jailed persons' voting rights

Many people mistakenly believe they lose their right to vote while they are detained in jail or while they are awaiting trial. Anyone who is a resident of Ohio, not detained for a felony and meets other eligibility requirements can vote. This includes the thousands of Ohio residents currently detained in one of 72 county jails and who have not yet been convicted of a felony. Call the ACLU of Ohio for assistance: (216) 472-2200.

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Can I register to vote on line?

It's too late to register to vote in today's election.  But, yes, you can register online on the Ohio Secretary of State's website: https://olvr.sos.state.oh.us/

You may vote in the next election so long as you register not less than 30 days prior to that election.             

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Voting Assistance

 

Any voter may have help in voting, if they want it, from two poll workers of different parties OR from a person of the voter's choice, except their employer or labor union officer. 

If the voter's assistant/s physically touch the screen or the paper (i.e., they don't just talk to the voter) then the assistant/s must sign a form saying that they helped to the best of their ability and that they will not disclose how the voter voted.

Voting machines have adaptations so voters with disabilities can vote a secret ballot. Voting machines also have an audible ballot option for people with visual impairments.  (The poll workers will explain how to use the machine).

Curbside voting allows a voter who is unable to access to polling location to vote a paper ballot from his or her vehicle.  The voter has the driver or another person go into the polling place and alert the poll workers that they need to vote curbside.  Two pollworkers, one from each major part, will come out and work with the voter.

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Rides to the polls

We don't know of anyone in particular giving rides. Try calling your local party headquarters

Franklin County Ds: 614-221-6563

Franklin County Rs: 614-224-3939

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Medical Emergency 

The voter must be hospitalized or have a minor child who is hospitalized.  The procedure is complicated: 

The voter fills out and signs a Hospitalized Absentee Ballot Request Form (available from hospital social workers or by calling the Board of Elections). The form must be received by the Board of Elections by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

The Board will send 2 poll workers (D and R) to the hospital to assist the voter. The poll workers deliver the voted ballots to the Board of Elections, where they will be counted, even if they arrive after the polls have closed. Or the voter can ask the Board to give your unmarked ballot to a designated family member who will deliver it to the voter in the hospital and return it to the Board of Elections.

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What is on the ballot?

This is a primary election, and the winners will face the other party's winners in the November general election.  Voters will be choosing their party's nominees for the following offices:

  • US Senator
  • Governor/Lt. Governor
  • Ohio Auditor
  • Ohio Treasurer
  • Ohio Secretary of State
  • Ohio Attorney General
  • Ohio Supreme Court Justices
  • All members of Congress
  • All members of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio State Senators from odd-numbered districts
  • Ohio Courts of Appeals judges
  • county offices
  • central committee (party officials). Here's some info about central committees (not League info)

In addition, there is one statewide ballot issue, a Columbus city charter issue, and many local issues (mostly liquor options).

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Sample Ballot

Look up polling places. Sample ballots will be a choice to click on when you've found the polling place.

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Issue 1: Redistricting

League explanation and pros & cons

Ballot language

How Issue 1 works

To be shared only if a caller specifically asks: Does the League have a position on Issue 1?
The League strongly supports Issue 1 and has been working for redistricting reform for more than 40 years, no matter which party is in power.  Read more here.

 

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Issue 3: Columbus City Council

Columbus primary voters will decide whether they want a larger city council with members who live in established districts but are elected by voters across the city.

If approved, the charter amendment would expand the Council from seven members to nine. Elections of those members would continue to be conducted at-large, but the city would be divided into districts with one member residing in each district.

Opponents of the measure say that system could produce council members who win a citywide election but lose in their own districts.

A five-member commission would draw proposed districts using criteria that includes similar populations, contiguous boundaries and maintaining neighborhoods and other established communities when possible.

That commission would provide three proposals to the Council, which would choose one or reject all three. The commission then would have to come up with new proposals. The charter amendment also requires nine public hearings on the proposals.

Members of the commission must be registered voters in the city, but the charter amendment would prohibit city employees, elected officials, candidates and lobbyists from serving on the commission.

The charter amendment also would change the process for filling vacancies on the council. It would expand the window to appoint a replacement member from 30 days to 45 days, and would require at least one public hearing prior to filling the vacancy.

Any appointee would have to reside in the same district as the member he or she would replace.

(from the Columbus Dispatch)

Microsoft Office document iconLWVMC study information on ward v. at-large council members The League has no position.

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Write-in candidates

Only official write-in candidates will be counted.  The names of write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot. Instead, a list of all valid write-in candidates must be available at each polling place for review by a voter upon the voter’s request.

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How do I write someone in?

On a paper ballot, there will be a space to write in a candidate.

On the machines: If there are registered write-in candidates for an office, a "Write In " button will appear on the screen, and you can write in your candidate:

  1. Press the "Write In" button for a particular office.
  2. A pop-up keyboard will appear on the screen.
  3. Type in the candidate's name and press "Accept."
  4. When you return to the ballot, you will see that the write-in name has been recorded and added to the list of other candidates. (Only the first four letters typed in will appear on the screen.)
  5. After making all other selections, you cast and confirm your vote.

If there are no registered write-ins for an office, the "Write In" button will not appear for that office.

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How can I learn more about candidates & issues?

http://www.Vote411.org

Type in your address to see your races and ballot issues.

Making selections on Vote411 is NOT VOTING. There is no way to vote via computer or phone in Ohio.

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Judicial Candidate Information

http://www.Vote411.org

Additional information may be available on Judicial Votes Count, a new website from the League of Women Voters and its partners. It has good information about judicial offices and candidates.

www.judicialvotescount.org, then click on "Who's Running for Judge?"

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Judicial Candidates - Parties

  • In the General Election, judges run on a nonpartisan ballot, meaning that their party affiliation is not listed by their names.
  • In the Primary Election, you can tell what party the judicial candidates belong to, because each party is selecting its nominee to run against the nominee from the other party/s. So, you will see that judicial Candidate A is running against Candidate B in the Democratic primary, and judicial Candidate Y is running against Candidate Z in the Republican primary, but - in the November election - the party affiliations won't be listed for Candidate B vs. Candidate Y.

 

How do I declare or change my party affiliation? 

  • Selecting/changing your party happens only at Primary Elections.
  • At a Primary, you are asked which kind of ballot you want: Republican, Democratic, or Issues Only. (Sometimes there are also third party ballots available.)  You may choose any ballot.
  • Choosing a party's ballot at the Primary makes you a member of that party.
  • You can change your party affiliation at any/every primary election. 

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Why don't I see ALL the candidates on my primary election ballot?  

Ohio has a closed primary system, which means that only the members of a party may vote in that party's primary election. You will likely not see all the candidates on a primary election ballot, because some of them are running for nomination from the another party.

In primary elections, members of each party nominate their top candidate to face the other party's top candidate. Because of that, each party holds its own nomination process that is open only to members of that party. 

Think about it like this: The "Yankees" party doesn't want people from "Mets" party participating in the Yankee's election; they fear that the Mets voters will pick Yankee party candidates more like to lose to the Mets candidate.  They want Yankees selecting the best Yankee candidate to go up against whoever the Mets pick.

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Can I just vote on the issues?

Yes. Simply ask for an Issues-Only ballot.

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Can 17-year-olds vote in the Primary?

17-year-olds who are registered to vote (because they will be 18 by the November election) may vote for candidates, but not issues, in the Primary election.  

(Why does it work this way? Because of the difference between “electing” and “nominating.” Seventeen-year-old voters are allowed to nominate candidates for office, which is what happens at a primary. However, they are not allowed to directly elect an official, which is why the ballot for 17-year-olds does not include the elections of party officials, which may also be part of the primary ballot.)

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Do I have to vote for the same party in November that I am voting for in the primary?

No. You are free to vote however you want to in the General Election.

Also, you do not need to have voted in the Primary to vote in the General Election.

 

 

What about Tiberi / District 12?

Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) resigned his seat in Ohio's 12th Congressional District in 2018.

There will be a special election on August 7 to fill out the remainder of his term, which ends on 1/3/19.

At the regular election in November, voters will elect the new congressperson from the 12th district, whose term will start with the rest of the new Congress, on 1/3/19.

The primaries for BOTH elections take place today. Most candidates are running in the special election and the regular November election.

That's why you'll see the same candidates twice: once running for US House District 12 Unexpired Term; and again for US House District 12 NEW.

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What's the difference between a levy and a bond issue?

A ballot issue with a levy is a request for funds to be raised immediately by taxing the value of property.  In FranklinCounty, levies are used to provide funds for schools, COTA, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, etc.  Levies are expressed in "mills," or the percentage of property value to be taxed.

A ballot issue with a bond issue is a request for permission to essentially take out a loan to pay for capital improvements (buildings, roads, other infrastructure, etc.).  The money is received up front from the sale of bonds to investors and paid back by the taxpayers, with interest, over time.  Although bonds end up costing more, they also spread out the costs to people in the future who will be the users of the new school or bridge.  Ballot issues are expressed in the total dollar amount to be borrowed.

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What is a mill?

Millage is a way to express property tax rates.

A mill is equal to 1/1000th of a dollar.  The taxable value of property in Ohio is 35% of the value as appraised by the county auditor.  So, if you see a ballot issue asking for a 2 mill levy, and your house is worth $100,000 (according to the county auditor, not your realtor), the tax being asked for is:

$100,000 (value of your house) x .35 (to find the taxable value) x .0002 (which is 2 one-thousandths of a dollar) = $7 per year.

Some counties have slick calculators where you look by school district or plug in your address:

Franklin Co.: http://apps.franklincountyauditor.com/LevyEstimator

Delaware Co: http://delaware-auditor-ohio.manatron.com/TaxEstimatorSite.aspx

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New, Renewal, or Replacement levies

New levies are just that: a new property tax.

A renewal levy means that the tax you owe for this levy will remain the same, even if your property value has increased since the last time this levy was enacted.

A replacement levy may sound the same, but it will almost always cost more.  Many times, a replacement levy will ask for a higher levy amount.  However, even if it asks for the exact same millage as the expiring levy it replaces, it will likely cost more because it will be based on the (almost always) increased value of your property since the last time the levy was enacted.

So, a ballot issue that renews a 2 mill levy from the year 2010, when your home was worth $100,000, will cost pretty much the same as it did in the year 2010, even if your house is now worth $200,000.  If the agency asks for a 2 mill replacement levy, it will cost more because it is based on your property now being worth $200,000.

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Can I take a picture of my ballot?

No. It's against the law to take a picture of your ballot. This is to ward against someone intimidating/paying a voter to vote a certain way and demanding proof of that vote.  

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What is the No Campaigning area? What are the flags for?

 

 

No electioneering/campaigning is allowed within 100 feet of the voting location. Flags are typically placed outside the voting location at the 100-foot mark. Electioneering includes wearing/displaying t-shirts, hats, buttons, campaign literature. It also includes discussions of a political nature in the polling location.

More details can be found in poll worker manual on page 48.

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Who is allowed to "observe"?

 

 

Official observers (those allowed inside the polling places) must be registered Ohio voters and certified by a party and must take an oath agreeing to abide by the rules.

State rules bar “impeding, interfering with, or disrupting the election in some manner” or “intimidating, harassing, or attempting to influence voters or precinct election officials.”

The regulations stress: “Observers may not serve as enforcers of the laws nor act as advocates for voters before the precinct election officials.”

Observers may not challenge a person's right to vote. A voter may be challenged only by a precinct election official or the voting location manager and only for certain reasons.

More details can be found in poll worker manual on page 45.

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Someone was acting inappropriately or trying to intimidate

1) Speak to the poll worker called the Voting Location Manager or Presiding Judge

2) Call your county sheriff

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LWV Nonpartisan Policy

The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. We never support or oppose political parties or candidates.

We do take positions on some issues, after our members have studied and come to consensus on them.

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Can I join the League?

Yes! The League is open to all men and women.  You can join online at www.lwvcols.org.  Or give us your name, phone number, street address, and email, and someone will contact you soon.

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HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

 

 

 

 

 

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FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

 1700 Morse Road, just east of Karl Road          

 614-525-3100

SECRETARY OF STATE

614-466-2585 (Elections Division)

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

614-837-1089 Columbus LWVMC

614-469-1505 LWVOhio

www.Vote411.org

CHANNEL 10 PHONE BANK

614-469-10TV   (614-469-1088)

Or toll free at 1-855-746-10TV

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