Sunday, October 5, 2003

Questions and answers about vote registration

The Cincinnati Enquirer

If you're not already registered to vote in the Nov. 4 election, the deadline to sign up is Monday.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections will stay open until 9 p.m. Monday to accommodate the registration deadline. The office opens at 8 a.m.

Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell offers the following voter registration information:

Have questions for your board of elections? Here are their Web sites (and phone numbers):

Butler County:, 887-3700.

Clermont County:, 732-7275.

Hamilton County:, 632-7000.

Warren County:, 695-1358.

Another important source of voter information is the site maintained by J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio secretary of state. Click

Election Guide 2003 provides an early look at the Nov. 4 vote with help on getting you registered, lists of area candidates and the latest campaign news. And there's more to come, including candidate profiles - as we get closer to Election Day.
Where can I register?

• At any county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office.

• At branch registration offices or locations established by a board of elections.

• At any public high school or vocational school.

• At the offices of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

• At offices of designated agencies that provide public assistance or disability programs.

• At public libraries.

• At county treasurers' offices.

By mail. You may request a registration form from a board of elections or the Secretary of State's office by mail, e-mail, telephone, in person or by having another person obtain it for you.

Return the completed form to your local board of elections or the Secretary of State's office.

Mailed registration forms must be sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office and must be postmarked 30 days before an election to be valid for that election.

Do I declare my politics when I register?

No. Under Ohio law, your party affiliation is determined by the ballot you vote in a primary election.

What if I change my address or name?

If you are now registered and move within the state or change your name, you must report the change to the board of elections by completing a voter registration form at the locations previously mentioned or by mail.

You may also complete a notice of change in voting status and file it with the court when you apply for a marriage license or when a court order changes your name. Mailed forms must be sent to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office at least 30 days before an election.

Forms not returned by mail should be received by a board of elections, the Secretary of State's office, a public high school or vocational school, public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, county treasurer's office or designated agency at least 30 days before an election.

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