In a victory for the ACLU and Ohio voters, a federal judge just restored the early voting hours that had been cut by recent state law and directives. "Golden Week" is back. We’re getting another Sunday, and evening hours, and counties that want to add more hours are allowed to do so. There will be more details available as the decision is studied more closely. The state is expected to appeal, so it’s not a done-deal yet, but the ACLU legal team has certainly earned our thanks and congratulations. Stay tuned for further developments, and a revision of LWVO's Voting 123 materials.
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, in late 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.
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.
1 Oct: Election News with Tom Suddes, 6:30 p.m., Magsig MS, Centerville.
6 Oct: Voter registration deadline for General Election
6 Oct: Candidates Forum: 3:00 pm, Bethany Village, Dayton.
16 Oct: New member welcome, 6:00 pm; call League Office for details.
20 Oct: Board meeting, 6:30.
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