TUSCARAWAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

* * Frequently Asked Questions * *

Important Dates

Jan. 1, 2017 - Applications for absentee ballots for 2017 elections may be accepted. Absentee Request Form

October 10, 2017 - Deadline for voter registration for the General Election
Voter Registration Form


November 7, 2017 - General Election Day
Polls Open at 6:30 a.m.
Polls Close at 7:30 p.m.



What are the registration deadlines?
In order to vote in an election, you must register at least 30 days prior to that election.

When is the election? The general election is held every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Primary elections in non-presidential years are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May. Primaries in presidential years are held on the first Tuesday in March. Special elections may be held in either February or August.

When are the polls open? Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. This is the same all across the state.

How do I vote absentee? In order to vote absentee, your request must be made in writing. The request may be made on the form provided by the Board (Download Form Here), and if mailed, received in the office no later than noon on the Saturday before the election. Ballots are generally available 29 days prior to the election, the day after the close of voter registration.

You may come into our office to vote in-person starting the day after the close of voter registration (29 Days Before The Election). The days and hours have been set by the Ohio Secretary of State's Office in Directive 2014-17 (Issued Persuant to Court Order). Days and Hours will vary from Election to Election.

2017 General Election In-Person Absentee Voting Days and Hours

Wedneday, October 11, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 16, 2017 through Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 23, 2017 through Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 30, 2017 through Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Use Broadway Entrance (Follow The Red "Vote Here" Signs)
Click Here For a Photo of the In-Person Voting Location

Questions - Call the office at 330-343-8819

How do I change my party? In the state of Ohio, party affiliation is determined by how a person votes in a primary election. If a person requests a party ballot in a primary, that party will be reflected on his or her record until they vote in another primary and request to change. Only voting for that party in a Primary Election can change party affiliation.

What's on the ballot? In even-numbered years, national, statewide, district and county races are held (such as president, state representative, commissioners, etc.). In odd-numbered years, local races are held (such as mayor, township trustee, school board, etc.). In special elections, only issues appear on the ballot.

How do I become a poll worker? If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, you must be a registered voter, and must have previously voted a party in a primary election. If you qualify, give us a call at 330-365-3358 or go to the Poll Worker page to print out the application form.


Will I need an ID to vote? Yes. Every voter will be required to provide proof of identity before voting. The form of identification that you may use includes your current and valid photo identification card, military identification, copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or government document showing your name and current address. (Note: You cannot use as proof of identification a notice that the board of elections mailed to you.) If you do not have, or fail or refuse to provide, the required proof of identity, you may cast a provisional ballot and you will have 10 days after the election to come to the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections to show an ID. If you fail to come in to show an ID after the 10 days your ballot will not be counted.

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