Voter Registration!!

By: Ryan Brady

It is never too early to become informed about politics, and it’s easier to register to vote now than ever before. Furthermore, Ohio makes it extremely easy to vote – you have no excuse not to (unless you are too young, which is a great excuse)! You can vote early in person or by mail.

Voting is extremely important because it is how power is given to the people, and therefore it sustains democracy. Young voters hold an especially important role in our political system. Not only do we account for half of the voting population, we are also extremely diverse and have the power to sway an election (source).

You can register to vote until October 9th on this website!!

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day.
  • Be an Ohio resident for at least 30 days.

If a voter does not vote in 4 years, then their status is made inactive. To determine if you are an active or inactive voter, you can check this website.

Elections for Ohio Governor will be held on November 6th. The candidates are Mike DeWine (Republican) and Richard Cordray (Democrat). Please check out Vote 411 to learn more about these candidates. The main issue on the ballot is the Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative.

  • “A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to: *make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors; *prohibit courts from ordering persons on probation for felonies be sent to prison for non-criminal probation violations; *create a sentence credits program for inmates’ participation in rehabilitative, work, or educational programs; and *require the state to spend savings due to a reduction of inmates, resulting from Issue 1, on drug treatment, crime victim, and rehabilitation programs.
  • A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to: *make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors; *prohibit courts from ordering persons on probation for felonies be sent to prison for non-criminal probation violations; *create a sentence credits program for inmates’ participation in rehabilitative, work, or educational programs; and *require the state to spend savings due to a reduction of inmates, resulting from Issue 1, on drug treatment, crime victim, and rehabilitation programs.”

The 19th amendment passed in 1920 gives women the right to vote. Utilize it!!