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Make It Count – Vote!

The Ohio Democratic Party

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Even though the coronavirus pandemic has changed our situation, we can and will vote safely and securely in this fall’s election. The United States has always held elections and upheld the results, even in times of great crisis. We have held successful presidential elections during the Civil War, the Great Depression and two World Wars.

Now it’s our turn to show that nothing -- not even the coronavirus -- will stand in the way of our democratic commitment to voting.

Donald Trump is trying to bully his way through this election because he fears he is losing, and Ohio Republicans are helping to prop him up. Trump is spreading lies and misinformation to try to manipulate us into giving up our right to vote. He is trying to divide us and distract us from his corruption and failure to protect us from the pandemic.

But here is what Donald Trump doesn’t understand -- we will not be deterred or dissuaded from voting. We have fought for too long to let anyone take away our right to vote through misinformation and deceit. Millions of Ohioans have already requested their vote-by-mail ballots, and early in-person voting opens on Tuesday, Oct. 6. We are joining together, black and white, young and old, to turn out in record numbers during this election season.

In addition, the Ohio Democratic Party is working hard to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast their ballot safely and securely and that every vote is counted. We believe our democracy is stronger when more people participate -- we have never solved a problem with less democracy. If you have any questions or concerns about voting, you can call the party’s Voter Protection Hotline at 844-OH-I-VOTE (844-644-8683).

If you’re worried about keeping your coronavirus risk low, voting by mail is your best option. There are lots of myths about voting by mail or absentee voting -- and unfortunately, our president has been spreading a lot of those myths. Here are the facts:

You don’t need an excuse to vote by mail in Ohio. It’s an option available to any registered Ohio voter.

Voting by mail is secure -- it is so secure that it is the option that the president chooses to cast his own ballot.

Voting by mail is convenient. All registered Ohio voters should have received an application to vote by mail; just fill it out and mail it back or return it in person right away. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out starting in early October, so if you requested one, check your mailbox soon.

If you vote by mail, you can trust your ballot will be counted. Vote-by-mail ballots, along with votes cast early in person, are the very first votes counted on Election Night. You can track your ballot online just like you would track a package to make sure it was received. Or you can call your county board of elections to find out the status of your ballot.

As Ohio Democrats, we believe that this election is too important to wait until Election Day. Go to MakeItCountOhio.com right now to get started on requesting a vote-by-mail ballot or make a plan to vote early in person, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Congressman John Lewis has taken his rest, but his words live on: “Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” This year we will honor his legacy. We will honor the legacy of Rev. C.T. Vivian. We will honor the legacy of Congressman Elijah Cummings. We will honor the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We will vote, and we will Make It Count.



Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 10/01/20 10:52:19 -0400.

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