Make it a priority to vote in the 2017 November Cincinnati Election.

On November 7, 2017 residents of Cincinnati will vote to elect a mayor nine City Council Members. The candidates for Cincinnati Mayor, Mayor John Cranley and Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, were selected in the May 2 Primary Election. While the position of mayor2017 Cincinnati Primary Election is one of non-partisan, both candidates are running as Democrats. 

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Mark your calendar.  Here is a quick summary of important dates to remember:

Voting Deadlines


Early Voting Days

October 11 – November 6, 2017

Deadline for Absentee Ballot Request

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Deadline for Absentee Ballot Submission

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Election Day

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Voting Guide Live: For New & Experienced Voters1)   Request an Absentee Ballot Application before November 4, 2017
Click here to download an absentee ballot application.  You can also pick up an absentee ballot application at the Hamilton County Board of Elections located at 4700 Smith Road (45212) or the Main Library located at 800 Vine Street (45202). 
For more information about absentee ballots and voting by mail, email or call 513-632-7039.

2)   Early Voting in Hamilton County Runs from October 11 – November 6, 2017
Anyone who is registered to vote in Ohio and resides in Hamilton County can go to the Board of Elections located at 4700 Smith Road (45212) and cast their vote early.  See below for early voting dates and times in Hamilton County:



October 12 – 27  Weekdays

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

October 30 – Nov 3

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

November 4

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 5

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

November 6

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

3)   Military & Overseas Voting
Qualified voters who are members of the uniformed services and their families, or qualified voters residing overseas may apply for an absentee ballot. 
For more information regarding military or overseas voters, see Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Information, email or call 513-632-7040.

4)   Voting on Election Day – November 7, 2017, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Election Day, you must cast your ballot at your designated polling.  Click Where Do I Vote? to find your designated polling location.

All voters in Ohio must bring one form of acceptable identification to the polls:

– A current (not expired) and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the U.S. government (includes Ohio Driver License or Ohio ID Card); or
A current (not expired) military identification (‘military ID’)
A current* utility bill (includes cell phone bill), an original or copy; or
A current* bank statement, an original or copy; or
A current* government check, an original or copy; or
A current* paycheck, an original or copy; or
A current* other government** or school document, an original or copy.

*dated within last 12 months and shows voter’s name and current address.
**does NOT include a voter registration acknowledgment notification mailed by the board of elections.

A voter presenting an Ohio driver license or Ohio ID card that shows voter’s former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the voter’s current residential address is printed in the official poll list of registered voters for that precinct.

Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification and casting a provisional ballot. 

Mark Your Calendar: Conversations with Candidates – CPS Board of Education Oct. 18.

5)    Become a Precinct Election Official
Hamilton County Precinct Election Officials (PEO) conduct assigned duties at polling sites on Election Day such as issuing ballots to registered voters, explaining how to mark the ballot, monitoring the voting equipment, closing polls and accurately completing the required forms.

PEOs must report at 5:30 a.m. and are required to stay until all work is completed, usually 8:30 p.m. Compensation ranges from $181.50 to $218.00.

For more information about PEOs in Hamilton County, contact Democratic Representative Gena Howard at 513- 632-7041 or Republican Representative Christa Criddle at 513-632-7042. There is not a deadline for the Hamilton County Precinct Election Official application, but it is requested that interested persons turn them in as soon as possible.

6)   Learn More About the Candidates
In addition to electing the next Mayor of Cincinnati and City Councilors, voters will also elect several other state and local officials. 

Mayoral Candidates:
John Cranley (D)
Yvette Simpson (D)

City of Cincinnati Member of Council (You cannot vote for more than 9):

Derek BaumanSeth Maney (R)
Erica L. Black – JohnsonDavid Mann (D)
Cristina BurcicaAmy Murray (R)
Ozie Davis (D)Jeff Pastor (R)
Tamaya Dennard (D)Kelli Prather
Michelle Dillingham (D)Laure Quinlivan
Tonya DumasChris Seelbach (D)
Manuel FoggieP.G. Sittenfield (D)
Henry FrondorfChristopher E.C. Smitherman
Brian GarryTamie Sullivan
Lesley Jones (D)Wendell Young (D)
Greg Landsman (D)

Cincinnati City School District Board of Education (Vote no more than 4):

Jacqueline AmosRenee Hevia (D)
Melanie BatesRyan Messer (D)
David BrennerDaniel Minera
Ericka Copeland-DansbyKareem Moffett
Gary FavorsMike Moroski (D)
Christine FisherKathy Young (D)
Marcia A. Futel

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judges:

William Mallory (D)Judge Brad Greenberg District 5 (R)
Fannon Rucker District 1 (D)Judge Bernie Bouchard District 6 (R)
Elisa Murphy District 2 ®Judge Gwen Bender District 7 (R)
Alan Triggs District 2 (D)Julia Collier District 7 (D)
Judge Curt Kissinger District 4 (R) Judge Jackie Ginocchio District 7 (R)
Darlene Rogers District 4 (D)

Click here for a full list of Official Candidates by community. 

Get to know a few issues on the ballot that may affect you:

#1 Crime Victims Bill of Rights

To repeal and replace the existing language in Section 10a of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. Issue 1 will alter the state constitution to significantly expand the rights of victims in Ohio. The law would ensure that crime victims have a meaningful role throughout criminal and juvenile justice systems.

It would provide crime victims with specific constitutional rights, including the right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy; to be notified about and present at proceedings; to be heard at proceedings involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole of the accused; to a prompt conclusion of the case; to reasonable protection from the accused; to be notified about release or escape of the accused; to refuse an interview or deposition at the request of the accused; and to receive restitution from the individual who committed the criminal offense.

#2 The Drug Price Relief Act
To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law” Prohibits the state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer for a price over the lowest price paid for the drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

#3 – Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Levy Renewal
A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of supplementing the general fund to provide funds for the alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services district for the operation of mental health programs and the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operations of mental health facilities.

#4 – Indigent Care Levy
A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of supplementing the general fund to provide health and hospitalization services, including University Hospital, now known as University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

#5 – Senior Services Tax Levy Increase & Renewal
A renewal of the existing levy to constitute a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of supplementing the general fund to provide or maintain senior citizens services or facilities, including a system of home care through the Council on Aging or other service provider(s) for elderly residents, including but not limited to: housekeeping, personal care, respite services (for caregivers), home repair, maintenance, medical transportation, adult day care, home delivered meals, chore services, legal counseling, adult protective services, durable medical equipment.  

#24 – Cincinnati City School District Levy Renewal
Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Cincinnati City School District, County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district.

View a full list of the Levies and Issues that will appear on various ballots throughout Hamilton County

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