Date of Release or Mention:Monday, September 24, 2018
Voting advocates are calling on Ohioans to verify their voter registration status now to ensure they are able to cast their ballots in the upcoming mid-term election.
"We're seeing an unprecedented level of excitement this year for a mid-term election. But voters need to double check their registration now to make sure they can actually vote when the time comes," said Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. "Fortunately, it's easier than ever to register to vote or update your registration because now you can do it online."
Nonprofits are organizing events across Ohio on National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday Sept. 25. to register thousands of new Ohio voters and re-register other voters who may have been removed from the voter rolls.
2017 was the first year Ohioans were able to register to vote through the Ohio Secretary of State's secure online voter registration system at: www.MyOhioVote.com. The website also allows voters to check if their registration is still valid and update their information prior to the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline.
Camille Wimbish, of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, reminded voters that it is especially important for everyone who hasn't voted in a few years to verify their registration status because they may have been purged from the voter rolls.
"The state will not purge anyone this year before the election, but if it's been a while since you last voted, your registration may have already been canceled," she said. "So take charge of your vote - verify and update your registration before Oct. 9 to make sure it's still valid when you go to the polls."
Ohio's early voting period starts Oct. 10, when voters have the choice to show up in-person at their county's early voting location or mail in an absentee ballot.
Voters can request an absentee ballot or wait to receive an application in the mail. This year the Ohio Secretary of State's office is sending absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter in the state. Voters who wish to vote by mail should fill out the form and return them to their county board of election.
Catherine Turcer, of Common Cause Ohio, said voters should make a plan for how they want to vote - early in-person, by mail, or on Nov. 6 Election Day.
"Voters are really excited this year to pick Ohio's next governor, a U.S. senator, and representatives in Congress and the Statehouse. So check your registration and decide how you're going to vote so you're able to be part of this historic election," she said.
Voter advocates worked together this year to develop OHVotes.org, a smartphone-accessible voter portal that allows users to quickly check their registration status and find the information they need about how, when and where to vote in Ohio.
National Voter Registration Day, which was founded in 2012, has become an effective nonpartisan campaign to register tens of thousands of eligible voters nationwide on one single day through neighborhood events and online outreach. During the week of Sept. 25, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause and Ohio Votes are helping to coordinate local voter registration efforts throughout the state.
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