Mary Alice Reporting – Laws changed in Ohio related to a valid form of identification when going to vote.

Previously, utility bills, government checks, bank statements and other documents were accepted at polling locations, but that is no longer the case.

Tuscarawas County Elections Board Director Gail Garbrandt says voters now have to bring a picture ID.

“It can be a valid Ohio driver’s license, a valid Ohio ID, it can also be a valid United States passport, and then we do have military ID’s that are acceptable [such as] a veterans ID that issued only by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and you can also have a US military ID and that includes the National Guard.”

Overall, the identification card must have an expiration date that has not passed, have a photograph of the voter, and contain the voter’s name that conforms to the name registered in the Poll Book.

Additional details on the requirement can be found on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website,

Tuesday, May 2nd marks Ohio’s Primary election and available polling precincts will be open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.

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