COLUMBUS –State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today recognized National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to encourage participation in this November’s election despite challenges caused by the pandemic and a failure by Republican state leaders to make this unprecedented election more accessible.
“Tending to our democracy includes making sure the pillar of voting holds strong, especially during these critical times,” said Rep. Russo. “On this National Voter Registration Day, please make sure to check your voter registration to ensure you’ll be able to make your voice heard on Election Day. Ohioans can register to vote until October 5th, and they’ll be able to start early voting on Tuesday, October 6th.”
House Democrats have repeatedly advocated for and introduced pro-voter legislation that would ensure anaccessible November election. State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced in June the introduction of House Bill 687, a bill to improve voting and address challenges posed by the global pandemic. The bill is a strong contrast with the GOP’s HB 680, which would shorten the time for absentee votingand prevents the Secretary of State from providing return postage for absentee ballots.
Measures that are supported by House Democrats and included in HB 687 include:
- Counting ballots postmarked by Election Day;
- Protecting accessible in-person voting opportunities;
- Greater access to voter registration.
Eligible Ohioans are encouraged to visit voteohio.gov to register or confirm their voter registration, find information on their polling location, sign up to be a poll worker, or to learn how to request and cast an absentee ballot.