Your guide to Election Day in Central Ohio
Many eyes will be on Ohio tonight as a contentious abortion-rights vote headlines our statewide ballot.
Why it matters: If approved, Issue 1 would shape state abortion policy for the foreseeable future, enshrining a constitutional right that could not be undone by a conservative state legislature that opposes abortion rights.
The big picture: Ohio is the only state voting on an abortion amendment today.
- The New York Times calls the vote "the country's most watched," highlighting the impact of a misinformation campaign and complicated ballot language.
- So far, abortion-rights groups have prevailed in all six states that have put abortion questions to a vote since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.
Yes, but: Ohioans will decide other issues and races today too, including Issue 2, the legalization of recreational marijuana statewide.
Catch up quick: Here's what you need to know about key ballot measures before heading to the polls.
- Issue 1, plus some frequently asked questions
- Issue 2 (recreational marijuana)
- Columbus mayoral race
- Columbus City Council
- Columbus City Schools tax levy
- Suburban school tax levies
- School board races
State of play: Early voting is up statewide compared to August, a potential sign of strong voter turnout, according to the Statehouse News Bureau.
Be smart: Polls are open from 6:30am-7:30pm. If you're in line before closing time you can still cast a ballot.
- Find your polling place.
- View your sample ballot.
- Bring a valid ID or you will be required to vote with a provisional ballot and then provide a valid ID to your local board of elections within four days.
🚌 Pro tip: Need a ride? COTA is waiving fares today.
What's next: We'll be following the results online tonight and will provide recaps of the uncertified results in tomorrow's newsletter.
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