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Voter Aids

It is especially important  that all progressives, liberals and Democrats vote--and because of new laws and redrawn districts many people may have difficulty casing a valid vote.

It will be doubly important in 2014 when there is no Presidential election in play. For each election, a sample ballot of Democratic candidates and progressive issues is created. Watch for it on our website. Print and take it to the poll with you or use it when you fill out your mail-in ballot.

2011 Events Archive

Covers events such as the SB 5 repeal (union-busting), petition drives to repeal HB 194 (voter suppresssion) and HB 319 (redistricting), local elections, and other 2011 political events.

Help Stop Voter Suppression in Ohio

Roughly 30 days from now House Bill 194 is supposed to go into effect. This bill, passed by the Republican controlled Ohio Generalsign Assembly, can seriously impact the Democrats chances of retaining the White House and the Senate seat held by Sherrod Brown.  Issues with the bill:

• It reduces the number of days that mail-in absentee voting can occur before the election from 35 days to 21.

Absentee Voting Rules Have Changed

You will NOT automatically be sent an application to get your absentee ballot.  You must request the application.

CALL  614-525-3100


Complete an application ONLINE or MAIL to the Franklin County Board of Elections. 

Help Fight Voter Suppression in Ohio!

The Ohio Democratic Party and allied groups are in the beginning stages of an effort to repeal House Bill 194 -- the Republican voter suppression bill -- which makes it harder for Ohioans to vote and makes fewer votes count. In Franklin County, for instance, four out of ten voters would be impacted by House Bill 194.
Here's some of what the Republican voter suppression bill does:
1. Dramatically shortens the number of early voting days -- disproportionately impacting working people.

Voting Rights Forum with Jennifer Brunner

You are invited to a voting rights forum and lobby day with keynote speaker Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner!

Sign up today to attend!

Hear from election reform experts on what changes should be made to Ohio's Electoral System. Discussion topics include: voting systems, disability access, voter ID laws, deceptive practices, and public agency registration.

Jennifer Brunner will speak about the progress being made by her office, and what work lies ahead.

You will also receive a thorough lobbying training that will prepare you to discuss voting rights with your local state legislator. Legislators will attend during the afternoon, and will be available to meet with you.

You will be part of a long term strategy to bring electoral reform to Ohio by:

  • Making Ohio's no-excuse absentee voting law permanent
  • Fixing how we purge voters from the state wide voter file
  • Getting public agencies to comply with current laws to register new voters
  • Fixing provisional voting rules
  • Passing a "Deceptive Practices" bill will that criminalizes activity that intentionally misleads voters about the date, time and place of voting

Click here to sign up!

Stivers advocates repeal of the 17th Amendment

From the Department of Colossally Stupid Ideas comes the Tea Party's quest to repeal the 17th Amendment, which provides for direct popular election of U.S. senators. And it has support from Republican candidate for the Ohio's 15th Congressional District, Steve Stivers.

Electronic voting machines: Should feds get involved?

The New York Times is in support of requiring election boards to use electronic voting machines that use optical-scan voting. The Times notes, "With optical scans, voters fill out a paper ballot that is then read by computer — much like a standardized test." How do you think this bill would go over in Ohio?

Pew Study: 2008 Electorate Most Diverse Yet

By Dan Balz

Posted at 6:34 PM ET on Apr 30, 2009

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that participation rates among African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans all rose between 2004 and 2008, leaving the share of the electorate accounted for by white voters at an all-time low of 76.3 percent.


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