Ohio Democrats take pride in always protecting voting rights. Several months ago, our close review of Ohio law made it clear to us that the Secretary of State was actually in violation of Ohio statute by rejecting electronic or online applications for absentee ballots (something many other states allow). So we went to court.
Late this afternoon, the court agreed with us, granting us a preliminary injunction to allow voters to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot electronically.
This is a big win for Ohio voters, providing a fast, easy and modern way for voters to request an absentee ballot. We are pleased the court agreed with our argument that not only does Ohio law permit voters to request absentee ballots electronically, but that the Secretary of State’s policy rejecting such applications violated Ohio law.
It looks like Secretary of State Frank LaRose (who for two years has claimed he supports online applications but, incorrectly, that Ohio did not allow them), will appeal the decision. Disappointing to say the least.
We will keep up this fight, and the others we are waging, to support Ohioans’ voter rights.
Keeping up the fight is part of the American tradition, something that is especially poignant today, the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The memory of that horrific day is seared into my mind, but I can’t forget the moments of hope and unity that came in the days that followed.
It’s impossible not to compare that moment with the crisis we’re facing now.
“Now, as then, our heroes are ordinary people doing extraordinary things: nurses and doctors; delivery drivers and grocery clerks; public transit workers and educators; regular Americans thrust into courageous acts of sacrifice and service. Now, as then, we owe it to them to come together as a nation — so that Americans can once again do what we did so bravely nineteen years ago: turn from tragedy to purpose, rebuild our lives, and begin, in time, to heal.”
It is my deepest hope that America can truly come together as a nation, to fight the coronavirus threat, to deal with an unprecedented economic crisis and to push back against a rising tide of hatred and divisiveness.
This election is about the future of our nation. It is so important, and we must do everything we can to ensure maximum participation.
Ohio Democratic Party
Trump’s Lies Have Consequences
This week — as we approach the cataclysmic milestone of nearly 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 — we learned how Donald Trump worked to conceal the facts about the coronavirus threat from the American people. Trump lied and downplayed the crisis for months, despite knowing how deadly it was. It’s a stunning act of betrayal.
Trump and the White House can’t spin this: Trump is on tape admitting in his own words that he knew the virus was “deadly,” but that he was “playing it down.” Trump’s lies didn’t prevent panic; they cost an untold number of lives and caused devastating economic harm.
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
“A Modern-Day Poll Tax”
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Tim Ryan sent a letter this week to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to use his existing authority to provide prepaid return postage on ballots and ballot applications to help eliminate voting barriers and ensure a free and fair election in November.
“In an election where many citizens’ only practical option is to vote by mail, forcing Ohioans to pay postage in order to exercise this right is akin to a modern-day poll tax. Nothing in the Ohio code prohibits you from prepaying return postage on both ballot application forms and ballots themselves,” wrote the lawmakers.
The lawmakers also demanded that LaRose work with the U.S. Postal Service to guarantee ballots that originate in Ohio are delivered on time, with visible postmarks and do not succumb to delays and cost-cutting measures — which could endanger timely delivery of vote by mail ballots.
Check out these drive-through voter registration and engagement events:
You can always find events near you at Mobilize.us/OHDems.
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — No-Contact Lit Drops with Kate Schroder for Congress
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Out for Biden Statewide LGBTQ+ Weekend of Action
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Lit Drop For Leronda Jackson for Ohio House
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Battleground Ohio: Summit County Saturdays
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Northeast Ohio Social Media Boot Camp
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Delaware County Democratic Party Wagon Tour in Delaware
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Southwest Ohio Morning Cup of Joe in the Greater Dayton Area
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Warren County Dems Phone Bank
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Rocky River Lit Drop for Monique Smith for Ohio House
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Bay Village Lit Drop for Monique Smith for Ohio House
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Summit County Democratic Party “Drive the Vote” Event in Barberton
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Office and Sign Distribution Day
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Hilliard Lit Drop with Crystal Lett and Nancy Day-Achauer
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Meet the Candidates Tailgate with Progress Hilliard, Hilliard Democrats, Franklin County Young Democrats and Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Meet and Greet with Christian Johnson for Ohio Senate in Logan
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Meet and Greet with Christian Johnson for Ohio Senate in Nelsonville
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — Meet and Greet with Christian Johnson for Ohio Senate in Athens
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Seniors for Biden Virtual Phone Bank
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Virtual Phone Bank for Amy Cox for Ohio House
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Phone Bank for Nancy Larson for Ohio House
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Powell Lit Drop for Rachael Morocco for Ohio House
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Clark County Democratic Party Lit Drop
- Sunday, Sept. 13 — Ohio Young Black Dems Statewide Phone Bank
- Monday, Sept. 14 — Wood County — Battleground Phone Bank
- Monday, Sept. 14 — Phone Bank for Charmaine McGuffey for Hamilton County Sheriff
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Ohio Veterans for Biden: 1-on-1 with Desiree Tims for Congress
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Oberlin Backyard Phone Bank for Zach Stepp for Ohio House
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Virtual Phone Bank for State Rep. Mary Lightbody
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Virtual Phone Bank for Joan Sweeny for Ohio House
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Virtual Fundraiser for Mike Mentel for Court of Appeals with Commissioner Kevin Boyce
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Veterans for Biden Virtual Phone Bank
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Ohio Democratic Party Digital Organizing Training
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Battleground Ohio Voter Protection Virtual Phone Bank
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Cocktails with Fanon Rucker for Hamilton County Prosecutor
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Elyria/North Ridgeville Backyard Phone Bank for Zach Stepp for Ohio House
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Greater Dayton Young Dems Phone Bank
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Tuscarawas County Volunteer Summit
- Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Nurses for Biden Virtual Phone Bank
- Thursday, Sept. 17 — Stark County Virtual Phone Bank with Action Together Stark
- Friday, Sept. 18 — National Black Voter Day Relational App Event
- Saturday, Sept. 26 — Ohio Sportsmen and Sportswomen Virtual Phone Bank
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