Voter Advocates, Officials Reassure Voters: Ohio Elections are Fair

Recently, concerns about the potential for elections to be “rigged” have been raised in the context of the US Presidential campaign. Voter advocates including the League reassured voters on Tuesday that Ohio’s election system is secure and urged Ohioans to use the toll-free Election Protection Hotline if they encounter any voting-related issues. Election officials of all political backgrounds – including Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted – have strenuously defended the integrity of our election system.

These groups and public officials remind voters that Ohio has many layers of safeguards built into our voting process to make sure it is fair and accurate. "Don’t allow the naysayers to undermine your faith in democracy. Have your say by voting,” said Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “We do not expect voters to encounter problems whether voting early or on Election Day, but if you do, that is why we have the Election Protection hotline standing by to help – just call 866-OUR-VOTE.” (Spanish-speakers, call 888-839-8682; Asian language speakers, call 888-274-8683.)

For more details read the Press Release issued on 18 October and the League's FAQ on Election Security; and visit the Election Protection website.

2016 Voters Guide Available

Use the links above to download the 2016 Voters Guide in English (4.5 MB) or Spanish (4.2 MB). For a personalized ballot and additional information about many candidates, go to VOTE411.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Over 32,000 voters in Montgomery and Greene Counties were purged from the voter rolls last year, a process allowed by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clear the databases of inactive voters. League partners at the Ohio Unity Coalition set up this easy-to-use web portal where you can verify that you are still registered. If you are not, you will need to (re)register by 11 October to vote in the November general election. You can also check the complete listing of voters purged in your county: Greene or Montgomery (the files are rather large).

2016 Dangerous Dames Announced

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area honored this year's Dangerous Dames, Sharon Barrett-Mitchell and Michelle Riley, at a special dinner on 21 September at the NCR Country Club. Both honorees have worked tirelessly to make Dayton a better place to live. Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, as executive director of the Dakota Center, helps residents of Dayton's MacFarlane neighborhood live the organization’s mission of “building character, connecting community.” She has received numerous leadership awards over her lifetime. Michelle Riley is the chief executive officer of The Foodbank, Inc. She devotes much of her time working to strengthen the hunger relief safety net and expand the local food distribution network. Under Michelle’s leadership, over 8 million meals were served to hungry neighbors during the last fiscal year alone.

The public is encouraged to attend to help recognize the ongoing contributions that Sharon Barrett-Mitchell and Michelle Riley make to our community. Contact the League Office at (937) 228-4041 for details, or to make a reservation, or use the link on our Calendar page.