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Election 2016

Activities of League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area for the 2016 General Election on November 8, 2016. We are making democracy work for our community!

Voting Guides

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Voter Guide for Hamilton County, Ohio
2016 Voter Guide for Hamilton County is now available
Get access to the League of Women Voters Nonpartisan Voter Guides.

Find out more about the Election Issues

LWVCA presented Voter Guide Live 2016, our issues forum on Tuesday, October 4, 5 pm - 8 pm at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency.

Ballot Issues Presented:

Issue 44: Cincinnati Public Schools/Preschool Promise Levy
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Issue 52: Hamilton County Great Parks levy
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Issue 53: Hamilton County Children's Services levy
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See all our videos from the 2016 General Election on YouTube.

Voter Guide Live was brought to you by League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and our Co-sponsors and Community Partner Organizations: Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati, Urban League Young Professionals, Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Sigma Omega Chapter.

Your Guide to Debate Watching & Choosing a Candidate

This election is too important to sit out. Watch the #presidentialdebate to find out where the candidates stand on issues you care about. Your Guide to Debate Watching

Candidate debates have a long history in American politics. At every level of government--from city council to state legislature, from Congress to President of the United States--candidates participate in debates to help voters understand who and what they stand for.

When it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of debate-watching (and having fun while doing it!), League of Women Voters has your back.

Get your Debate Watching toolkit today!

Want tips on how you choose a candidate? Check out our resources, including tips for downloading.

Make Your Voting Plan Now

As an Ohio voter, you have the option to vote without ever having to leave home by requesting that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Absentee voters may choose to vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail prior to Election Day.

The absentee voting process has three steps:

Step 1. Obtain an Application for an Absentee Ballot

This year Ohio Secretary of State Husted is mailing absentee ballot requests to registered voters. Check that pile of mail you need to sort through, you could have already completed step 1!

Step 2: Complete and submit the Absentee Application

  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth, form of identification and address to which your ballot should be mailed, then print and sign the application.
  • Qualifying forms of identification include your driver's license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) OR the last four digits of your social security number OR making a photocopy (to enclose with your application) of either your current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.
  • Applications must be received in the mail by the Board of Elections by noon on November 5 OR you may deliver the application in person to the Board of Elections by 5:00 pm on November 4.
  • Applications for persons who are hospitalized or whose minor child is hospitalized due to an accident or unforeseeable medical emergency will be accepted until 3 pm on Election Day.
  • Applications that do not provide all required information will not be processed.
  • Applications sent by email or fax will not be accepted, except for military or overseas voters.

After processing your application, the Board of Elections will mail a ballot to you. Ballots are mailed from the Board of Elections beginning October 11. Ballots continue to be sent until the Saturday prior to Election Day, but get your application in ASAP!
Step 3: Return Your Voted Ballot

You or a near relative may deliver your ballot in person to the Board of Elections, (BOE) 824 Broadway, 2nd floor, downtown Cincinnati, 45202 until the close of the polls at 7:30 pm on November 8 (Board has a 24-hour secure dropbox), or you may return your ballot by mail. If you return your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked (not a date marked by a postage evidence system such as a postage meter) no later than November 7 and received by your board of elections not later than 10 days after Election Day (November 8) in order to be counted. Ballots received late cannot be counted. 47 postage is required. You may NOT return your absent voter's ballot to your polling place. NOTICE: If you change your mind about voting absentee and decide to vote at your precinct polling location on Election Day, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Voting Help

Have a question about the upcoming election? Check out LWVCA's Voter Help Section and get your questions answered!

The 2016 Voter Guide will be available in several places around town, including the library branches in Hamilton County, the Board of Elections and more. You may pick up a copy at our office. Contact us for more information. provides a customized ballot, candidate profiles, full ballot language information and post-election results. All the information available in our printed guide is available on

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What is a mill? What is gas aggregation? Get your questions answered by checking out our Ballot Language definitions.

How to plan a candidate forum or meeting

Electing the President: Everything You Need to Know

Electing the President; A Guide to the Election ProcessWith the battle for the White House in full swing, the League has answers to voters' most frequently asked questions.

We have once again teamed up with the Newspaper in Education Institute to produce Electing the President, a handy guide outlining all you need to know about the presidential election process.

From helping you navigate the complex nomination process to providing succinct tips for making sense of the daily barrage of campaign coverage and advertising, Electing the President will serve as your go-to resource all the way up to Election Day.

Download the guide here, and share it with your family, friends, and any potential new voters in your life!

Casting Your Vote

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2015. The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Check to see if you are registered at the following websites: Early voting in Ohio will beginWednesday, October 12. Find out 3 ways to cast your ballot in this election (PDF)

How to Vote for Judicial Candidates

Have you ever skipped voting for judges on your ballot? You're not alone.

A majority of Ohio voters say they don't vote for judges because they don't know enough about the candidates.

League of Women Voters of Ohio, along with other partners, is changing that with Visit the website to learn about your candidates and the Ohio's Court System.

What are Common Pleas Courts?
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What are Appeals Courts?
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What is the Ohio Supreme Court?
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Other Resources

LWVCA Endorsements on Ballot Issues

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate, but uses thorough research to craft public policy positions. You can check our News & Media section to see if LWVCA has endorsed any ballot issues this election season.

Latest Updates About This Election

  • National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016. NVRD celebrates democracy in America. Get involved at

  • The League of Women Voters presents VOTER GUIDE LIVE 2016: an interactive educational forum covering all you need to know to be an informed voter in 2016 Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. HAMILTON COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY, 1740 Langdon Farm Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237. The event is open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

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