August Special Election: Ohioans heading to polls today to decide on Issue 1

MIAMI VALLEY — The polls are now open statewide for Ohioans for the August Special Election.

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Voters will decide on Issue 1.

It is a potential change to the state’s constitution.

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News Center 7′s Xavier Hershovitz visited a polling location in Beavercreek during News Channel 7 Daybreak.

What exactly does Issue 1 do?

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If it passes, it will require signatures from all 88 counties to get an issue on the ballot. As it stands, voters need signatures from 44 counties.

Hershovitz reported it would also require a 60% vote to pass future amendments. Currently, you need more than 50%.

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When voters head to the polls today, they will need a photo id to get their ballot. A utility bill will not work as proof of address.

Hershovitz also reports there are some changes to polling locations across the Miami Valley.

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As for early voting, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have already cast their ballots.

Hershovitz says as of Thursday, Aug. 3, the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office says nearly 580,000 Ohioans have already voted, including just under 400,000 in-person, and just shy of 190,000 have voted absentee.

To put that in perspective, just under 640,000 Ohioans voted in last August’s special election, all together.

The polls will close tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Voters can find their polling location on this website.

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