Press Release: An Increase in Voter Registration Rates Motivates Advocates before the October 9th Deadline

Press Release
Date of Release or Mention: 
Friday, October 5, 2018
October 5, 2018
Jen Miller
League of Women Voters of Ohio
614-469-1505 (office); 614-563-9543 (mobile)
An Increase in Voter Registration Rates Motivates Advocates
before the October 9th Deadline
An increase in voter registration rates indicates enthusiasm for the midterm election. According to data collected from the Ohio Secretary of State website on September 29, 2018, voter registration rates are already up by 2 percent since November 2016. The League of Women Voters of Ohio is calling on all Ohioans to "make democracy work" by registering to vote and spreading the message.
More than 8 million people are now registered to vote in Ohio, and that number is expected to rise substantially after the record number of paper registrations collected on National Voter Registration Day and registrations collected through October 9 are logged on to the voter registration roll.
Co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Ohio Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick and Alison Ricker noted, "We are inspired by the enthusiasm of Ohioans and we call on everyone to help with this final voter registration push. We ask everyone to check your own registration, personally encourage others to do so, and continue the conversation on social media."
The number of registered voters across all age groups has increased by 2.05 percent across the state. Despite the increase in registration, results demonstrate the need to increase registration even more so before October 9, especially among the 18-24 age group.
League volunteers have been registering voters across the state at a wide array of venues, including fairs, supermarkets, houses of worship, community centers, high schools, and university campuses.
With voter registration now available online, Ohioans can quickly and easily register at
"Voting is the foundation of our democracy and the first step is verifying that you are registered by Tuesday, October 9" says Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. "Ohio is stronger when everyone votes."
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