This is not a political post. I’m not here to tell you who to vote for. This post is a guide to help you find out what your ballot will look like on November 6, 2018 for the Ohio General Election so that you can begin to research the candidates. Prepare to cast a meaningful vote.
If you’ve taken the steps to register to vote, you clearly care about voting. Don’t just show up to the poles on November 6, 2018 for the Ohio General Election blindly. Prepare.
The Ohio Secretary of State website is a great place to start your preparation. Viewing a sample ballot will help you see the candidates you should be researching.
I am in no way a voting or political expert. I personally don’t want to show up the polls on November 6, 2018 and choose candidates on a whim. I want to know who I am casting a vote for. Do they share my values? Do they deserve my vote?
That is why I put this together. We should be going to the poles prepared.
Check Your voter registration
Step 1: Please click this link here > Check Your Voter Registration
Step 2: Select the county in which you are registered.
Step 3: Enter your Last Name & First Name in the fields shown. See the screenshot below for reference.
Step 4: Your information should populate once you hit the “Submit” button. You will want to take not of the section that says “Precinct and Polling Location”. You can use your Precinct location to pull up a sample ballot and prepare to cast your vote.
Prepare to Vote
If you’ve taken the steps to register to vote, you clearly care about voting. Don’t just show up to the poles blindly. Prepare.
Step 1: Click here to View Your Sample Ballot – Ohio Secretary of State
Step 2: Click on the Ohio county your are registered to vote in.
Step 3: Select the search criteria for the upcoming election. The selection section looks like this:
Step 4: Click that “Find Ballots” button!
Step 5: Scroll down the list until you find the Precinct Name that you verified when you searched for your voter registration.
Step 6: I suggest looking at both options to see what is right for you. Click “View HTML Accessible Data” and “View PDF Ballot”.
Step 7: Start researching candidates! Google them, find their websites, watch interviews on YouTube.
Don’t live in ohio?
If you don’t live in Ohio, go to Google and type “2018 General Election sample ballot” and add your state to the search criteria. You’ll likely pull up your Secretary of State website and be able to navigate to find your own sample ballot.