Secretary of State Jon Husted just announced that absentee ballot applications for the upcoming General Election will be mailed to all eligible Ohio voters with a current address, to arrive starting around Labor Day. Voters who complete and return the application to their county Board of Elections will have their ballots mailed to them, giving them up to four weeks to cast a ballot without ever leaving home.
The statewide mailing will go out in two installments:
- first, later in August, to active voters including any voter who cast a ballot in the 2010 or 2012 statewide elections, even if they haven’t voted since. The voter must have had a current address on file as of 1 August 2014;
- second, in early October, to those who register to vote or update their voting information after 1 August.
Secretary Husted encourages anyone who moved since the last voting to update their voter registration online at www.MyOhioVote.com, to ensure they can take advantage of this year’s vote-by-mail program.
The American Civil Liberties Union will present arguments in federal court on Monday, 11 August, seeking to have early voting opportunities restored for Ohioans in time for the November midterm election. The group filed a preliminary injunction motion in June asking the court to block enforcement of the law and directive which slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio, prior to full trial and in time for the midterm election. The ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio brought the complaint on behalf of the Ohio Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and several African-American churches.
"Cuts to early voting hurt working Ohioans who need early in-person voting but have inflexible work schedules, childcare duties or other responsibilities that make getting to the Board of Elections during normal business hours nearly impossible," said ACLU of Ohio Managing Attorney Freda Levenson. "Instead of seeking to limit opportunities to vote, officials should welcome the restoration of weekend and evening early voting to ensure that Ohioans continue to be able to participate in our democracy." More information about this case is available at https://www.aclu.org/voting-rights/naacp-v-husted.
About our League
The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area (LWVGDA) is one of the first Leagues established in 1920 after passage of the 19th amendment, making it a proud and direct descendent of the women’s suffrage movement. Over 250 members strong, LWVGDA encompasses both Montgomery and Greene Counties, and is an active partner of the State of Ohio League and the League of Women Voters U.S. The League is nonpartisan, and neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate, but does take action on issues following careful study and member consensus. All women and men eligible to vote are invited to join League. It’s not just about having the right to vote, it’s about what we do with it.
26 Aug: Women's Equality Day Dine & Dish with Nadine Nagle, 11:30 am, Dayton Womans Club.
14 Sep: Men's Night: A League of Their Own, 6:00 p.m., Taj Ma Garaj, 300 S. Perry St. Dayton.
15 Sep: Board Meeting, 5:45 pm, Talbott Tower.
"The conflict between right and fact has endured since the origins of society. To bring the duel to an end, to consolidate the pure ideal with the human reality, to make the right peacefully interpenetrate the fact, and the fact the right, this is the work of the wise.”