Election Officials and League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund Urge:
Don’t Wait, Update Your Voter Registration Today!
July 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carrie Davis, LWVO/EF
Aaron Ockerman, OAEO
Columbus, OH- Today, election officials across Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio are urging citizens: “Don’t wait, register to vote or update your voter registration today!”
“This year is a unique year for elections in Ohio,” stated Llyn McCoy, President of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. “The Ohio Secretary of State will be sending each registered voter in the state an application to vote by mail. However, our county boards of elections must have voters’ current registration information in order to ensure voters receive their application.”
On July 31st, all 88 counties will be submitting their voter rolls to the state to aid in the mailing. Thus, voters need to have up-to-date information on file with their local board of elections prior to that date. While a second mailing will be made closer to the election, voters can ensure that they receive a timely absentee ballot application by updating their registration prior to July 31, 2012.
“How much has your life changed since the presidential election four years ago? Have you moved, changed jobs, gotten married or divorced? Many people may no longer live at the same address as when they voted in 2008,” said Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “We want to urge every single voter to update their voter registration – and please don’t wait; do it now.”
In 2006, Ohio law changed to allow every registered voter to vote by mail; previously, voters needed an excuse to vote absentee. In addition to being convenient, vote by mail also reduces the risk of a voter casting a ballot in the wrong precinct and not having it counted. If a voter chooses to vote by mail, the correct precinct ballot is automatically mailed to them. Voters will only receive a vote-by-mail application if their voter registration is current.
“Having clean voter rolls is essential to running good elections, and we are asking for every voter to help us with this task,” said McCoy. “Having up-to-date voter information not only helps us at the board of elections, it makes it easier for eligible voters to cast their ballot and be confident that it will be counted.”