Voter Registration Questions and Answers

Ross McDonald Board of Elections

Ross McDonald

We received some questions about voter registration, and the Lake County Elections Board Executive Director, Ross McDonald, gave us the answers.  We thought you might be interested.  Many thanks to Ross for his quick and concise responses.

Does Ohio have a process for automatic voter registration?

Answer: Ohio currently does not have automatic voter registration.

What should a voter do if he or she no longer lives in the county?

Answer: There are a variety of answers to your question.

  • If he is residing in a different Ohio county, he should contact that county BOE, indicate where he lives, and ask them where to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day. Voting a provisional will serve to update his registration and also allow him to vote.
  • If he has moved from the State of Ohio, he should cancel his voter registration in Lake. The voter cancellation form can be found at this link: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/globalassets/elections/forms/10-a.pdf

(LFC Comments:  We wondered if there are any penalties for “Double Voting”, and found this website that has the answers:

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/double-voting.aspx

Excerpts from article:
“Most commonly, states prohibit voting more than once “in the same election.” This can be interpreted in different ways. Is voting in more than one state but on the same day voting in the “same election”? Or is each state-run election a separate election? What if voting occurred on different days, i.e. a voter cast an absentee ballot in one state and voted in person in another state on Election Day?”

31 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit voting twice in the same election: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.”

“Underlying these state statutes is the Voting Rights Act’s prohibition on “voting more than once.” 52 U.S.C. § 10307(e).

(c) False information in registering or voting; penalties

Whoever knowingly or willfully gives false information as to his name, address or period of residence in the voting district for the purpose of establishing his eligibility to register or vote, or conspires with another individual for the purpose of encouraging his false registration to vote or illegal voting, or pays or offers to pay or accepts payment either for registration to vote or for voting shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both: Provided, however, That this provision shall be applicable only to general, special, or primary elections held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, Member of the United States House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, Guam, or the Virgin Islands, or Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.



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