This is not a political post. I’m not here to tell you who to vote for and I am in no way a political expert. This post is a guide to help you register to vote and also prepare to cast your ballot on November 5, 2019 for the General Election.
Today is National Voter Registration Day! You’ve already registered to vote? GREAT!! You should check your registration to make sure it’s current. Not registered yet? Trust me, it’s painless.
REGISTER TO VOTE & CHECK OR CHANGE REGISTRATION
Step 1: Please click this link here > Register to Vote and Check or Change Registration
Step 2: Scroll to the area that applies to you.
Step 3: Follow the instructions.
It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. Now that you’re registered/you’ve verified your registration, you can prepare to cast a meaningful vote.
PREPARE TO VOTE
Showing up to your polling location without preparing means you end up casting votes for candidates you know nothing about. Before Election Day you really should research the representatives that are seeking your vote. By viewing your sample ballot, you can see what offices are up for election.
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. Learn their platforms.
DON’T LIVE IN OHIO?
If you don’t live in Ohio, go to Google and type “2019 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.