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OH Really? Gets Answers to Your Voting Questions with Jen Miller of the League of Women Voters

Voter registration in Ohio closes in one week -- on October 5 -- and the next day kicks off early voting.
Kabir Bhatia
Voter registration in Ohio closes in one week -- on October 5 -- and the next day kicks off early voting.

You have questions about voting this fall: everything from early voting hours to finding unbiased information. You asked – we’re answering in this week’s "OH Really?" election-protection conversation with Jen Miller, director of the Ohio League of Women Voters.

Our first question is from Ann in Medina County, who writes, “I want to early vote in-person. When, where and what are the hours for that?”

Ohio’s early voting hours are here. Miller cautions voters to double-check them for the day you plan to go, since they change from week-to-week.

The next question is from Lauren in Kent – and it’s similar to several questions we’ve received from people who all wish to remain anonymous. She wants to know, “where can I find an unbiased description/list of candidates for my area? It's been hard researching local and national candidates and their political views without being bombarded with opinionated commentary.”

Miller says one of the best resources is from the League of Women Voters itself. At vote411.org, you can enter your address to check your registration, view your ballot and read about issues and candidates.

Another resource is called “Judicial Votes Count,” created by the University of Akron, Ohio Supreme Court, and the League of Women Voters. Miller says the goal is help voters become more informed, since they often skip voting for judicial races.

Finally, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has a website dedicated to voter information: important dates for this fall’s election, absentee ballot information, ballot tracking, a directory for the county Boards of Elections, and a page for voter registration – which ends next Monday, October 5.

We’ll answer more of your election questions next Monday. If you have a question about voting, ask us!

Kabir Bhatia is a senior reporter for Ideastream Public Media's arts & culture team.