COLUMBUS –State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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.
“Ohioans are in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, along with the rest of the United States. Our vote is our voice and we should be prepared to use it during early in-person or vote by mail between October 6 and November 2 or on Election Day on November 3rd,” said Rep. Lightbody. “Every eligible voter should have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on issues of importance and representation at every level of government. Be sure to check your Ohio voter registration on or before October 5th so you can use your voice for local, judicial, state, and national election choices.”
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.