Monday is the deadline to register for the Nov. 5 general election

By David Skolnick


Monday at 9 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 5 general election.

County boards of elections throughout the state will be open until that time Monday.

To register to vote, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number; driver’s license number; or a valid Ohio driver’s license, state identification card, or a government ID card that shows a photo, name and address; or a copy of a current utility bill, cellphone bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections at Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oak Hill Ave, Entrance A, in Youngstown, and the Columbiana board at 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3, in Lisbon will both open at 8 a.m. Monday. The elections board in Trumbull County at 2947 Youngstown Road SE in Warren will open at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Also, early voting started Tuesday, but has been slow going, said elections board directors in the three counties.

Less than 10 people voted in person at the Columbiana County Board of Elections and less than 70 voted at the Trumbull board office. Less than 100 have gone to the Mahoning board to cast early ballots.

Because interest is low for this election, there will be no extended-hours early voting at the Columbiana board, said Adam Booth, its elections director. People can vote in person at the board during its normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, he said.

The Mahoning board will meet Tuesday to set extended hours for the Friday and Saturday before the Nov. 5 election.

Director Joyce Kale-Pesta is recommending the board extend voting hours Nov. 1 to 6 or 7 p.m. and have the board open for early voters Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Early voters can cast ballots during the board’s normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, she said.

Trumbull has extended hours Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and on Nov. 4, the day before the election, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office is allowing each county board of elections to decide its own early-voting hours during this election.

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