Buckeye Beat: The process of voting

VOTING IN OUR NEWSDEPTH ELECTION IS ONE THING, BUT, FOR THE ADULTS IN YOUR LIFE, THE GENERAL ELECTION IS CONTROLLED BY A GROUP OF LOCAL PEOPLE CALLED THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS ALSO A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN VOTE – AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHERE ASSISTANT PRODUCER MARGARET THOMPSON WENT TO GIVE US A PEEK INTO THE PROCESS OF VOTING.

MARGARET: Ahhh the general election is upon us — and there's a lot of excitement in the air! Especially at my board of elections. That's where the magic happens. And that's just where I headed to get my vote on. There I met Cathy Bajic.

She's just as excited as I am.

There are a couple of ways to vote in Ohio, but I just had to vote early.  

In Ohio you can vote as early as October 12th. That's more than three weeks before Election Day! But you can't just decide to vote when the polls are open...

Once you're registered, and I was totally registered as soon as I could be, the process is pretty easy.

...except unlike a test, you get to decide what the right answer is! For me it's important to do my homework before I vote so I can make the choice I think is best. Once my vote is cast, the poll workers count it along with allll the other ballots in my county.

And then there's my second favorite part of voting in Ohio — showing it off to the world! It's great knowing that I'm involved in deciding who will be in charge of our country. I have to say voting feels fantastic!

Instructional Links

Website: Ohio Secretary of State, My Ohio Vote

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters.aspx?http://myohiovote.com/

Video: C-Span, 2016 Battleground States: Ohio

http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Video/2830/CLIP+2016+Battleground+States+Ohio.aspx

PDF: Kids Voting, Election Day Word Search

http://www.kidsvotingusa.org/mighty-media-press-lessons/460-election-day-word-search

Interactive Website: League of Women Voters, Vote 411, Your Voting Guide 

http://www.vote411.org/enter-your-address?dest=voting-dossier#.WBjyZeErKnc

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