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How do you get sample voting ballots for Ohio?

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Obtain sample voting ballots for Ohio by visiting each county's Board of Elections' website. For example, Franklin County's Board of Elections website allows voters to enter their addresses to find both sample ballots and their polling locations. The Geauga County Board of Elections' website asks voters to select the date of the election, with the option of entering a district category, name and style filter. Selecting the Find Ballots button returns the requested sample ballots.

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Sample election ballots contain information concerning the positions being elected, as well as issues that require a statewide vote. Sample positions include President and Vice President of the United States, senators at all levels, Congress representatives and state representatives. On the county level, commissioners, as well as the coroner, engineer, prosecutor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer, are often on the ballot. Ohio Supreme Court Justices, court of appeals, common pleas and county court judges are also on sample election ballots, along with the county clerk of courts, Board of Education members, and state- and county-based political parties. Positions on the ballot differ with each election.

Obtaining a sample ballot before voting gives the voter the power to make an informed choice. By knowing the candidates running for office, voters can adequately research them and decide if they share the same positions on key issues.

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