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Along the Way: Be sure you're registered to vote; stay away from other people's political signs

by MIKE SEVER | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published: October 5, 2016 1:00 AM

Have you checked your voter registration? If you're not registered, you have only until Oct. 11 to register so you can vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

If you've moved, changed your name or done anything else that might affect your voter status, you should check with the local elections board (www.co.portage.oh.us/election/) or with the Ohio secretary of state's office (www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters/register.aspx) to update your information.

Being accurately registered will save the hassle of possibly having to vote a provisional ballot. It also will save you time at the polls and afterward, of having to provide more identifying information to get your vote counted.

So check it out before it's too late.

If you want to avoid what are predicted to be long lines on Election Day, look into early voting, which starts Oct. 12 at the Portage County Board of Elections.

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You can vote in person at the elections board office, which is on the ground floor of the county administration building on Meridian Street in Ravenna.

Or you can apply for an absentee ballot and vote at home. Election officials Faith Lyon and Theresa Nielsen have said large numbers of applications for absentee ballots have come in.

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Every election season, a few weeks before Election Day, the phone calls start coming about stolen campaign signs and how it is a terrible example of partisan antipathy.

This year, candidate, before you pick up that phone, ask this question: Was the sign in the road right of way?

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In past elections one of the reasons many political signs disappear is because they are in the right of way and road crews clear them out.

A few years ago one candidate called and bewailed how many signs of his had disappeared; he was sure that was due to his political opponent.

A day or so later I happened to be at the local ODOT garage and noticed a pile of campaign signs, including quite a few from my angry caller, piled up next to an outbuilding.

When I inquired about them, the foreman told me that his crews pick up any signs that obstruct the view at intersections or constitute a roadside hazard to motorists.

He also said if I knew who owned the signs to let them know to come get them, and that he'd like to have a chat with them about their placement.

Email: msever@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4154


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