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The League is buzzing with activity as the November election approaches. This "off-year" election, with just local races, gets less media attention but that doesn't mean it is any less important. The decisions made by city councils and school boards directly touch the lives of voters. In many ways, voter education is more difficult this year with so many local candidates and issues. Did you know there are about 400 candidates running for local office in Hamilton County this year?!
In recent research, 39% of infrequent voters said they often don't vote because they don't know enough about the candidates and issues to make a good decision. The League works hard to give these people the information they need to turn out and be informed voters.
We start by helping people register to vote. Our younger Act One members are registering voters at the Public Library downtown and in the North College Hill neighborhood in September. The Hilltop unit will have a booth at the Wyoming Fall Festival. Throughout the year League members help new citizens register to vote at Naturalization ceremonies.
We will distribute 80,000 copies of the print Voter Guide, primarily through libraries and City Beat. Information about the smaller jurisdictions that doesn't fit in the print Voter Guide is available online. Vote411.org is our online source for election information. League members contacted those 400 candidates for township trustee, village council, and school board and their information is posted on Vote411.
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The League of Women Voters of Ohio, founded in 1920, is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Complementing it is the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund that provides nonpartisan information and educational services to citizens.
Prior to each state and national election, the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund provides nonpartisan information on statewide candidates and issues to its local Leagues and Ohio voters. This information is used in Voters' Guides which are distributed by local Leagues throughout the state, as well as on http://www.Vote411.org the LWV's one-stop-shop for voter information nationwide.
On the ballot for the November 7, 2017 General Election are two state issues:
Issue 1 is an initiated amendment to the Ohio Constitution. There are three ways to amend the Ohio Constitution: proposal by the General Assembly; proposal by the people through an initiative petition; or by constitutional convention.
Issue 2 is an initiated statute. There are two ways to enact a statute in Ohio: legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor; or proposal by the people through an initiative petition.
In all cases, proposals submitted to the voters must be approved by a simple majority.
LWVCA presented our annual issues forum on September 27, 6 pm - 8 pm at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
Ballot Issues Presented:
"State Issue 1 - Marsy's Law"
"State Issue 2 - Ohio Drug Price Relief Act"
"Issue 3 - A Hamilton County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services"
"Issue 4 - Hamilton County Health & Hospitalization Services Levy"
"Issue 5 - Hamilton County Proposed Levy"
"Issue 24 - Cincinnati City School Levy"
This November we elect local officials: mayors, city councils, township trustees, municipal judges, and school board members. There will be at least 5 issues on ballots in Hamilton County: Senior Services levy, Mental Health levy, Indigent Care levy, and the statewide initiatives on Victim Rights and Prescription Drug Prices. In addition, local jurisdictions may have other issues on their ballots, e.g. Sunday alcohol sales, gas or electric aggregation, or public services levies. The Voter Services Committee is hard at work preparing voter education material for the November election: the print Voter Guide (formerly the Who & What), the online Vote411, the Speakers Bureau, and candidate forums. September and October are very busy months for the League. If you want to get involved in this exciting work, contact Nancy Dawley, Vice President for Voter Services.
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Last revised: October 19, 2017 09:58 PDT.