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10.16.14

Sounds of the Season: LWVO Takes Time to Listen

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LetMeVoteSq

During autumn in Ohio, yards change to the color of campaign signs.  And shifting as rapidly as the weather, the courts are handing down rulings about when you can cast your ballot.

Just before early voting was set to begin, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a ruling that would have restored early voting opportunities cut by the Ohio legislature. With all these messages and changing dates swirling around, it can feel that your voice gets lost in the shuffle. Every politician has a sound bite and tagline, when sometimes it is best to listen.

The League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO) is doing just that. Their “I Want To Vote” project asks voters to share when they prefer to cast their ballot, and why. This simple two-question survey seeks to gather information directly from those affected by recent court decisions around early voting opportunities.

Take the LWVO “I Want To Vote” Survey 

Announcing the project, LWVO Executive Director Carrie Davis said, “There has been a lot of discussion in recent years among election officials, legislators, and other policy-makers about how much time Ohio should have for early voting. Yet, no one has ever asked the voters what they want.”

There are many situations, stories, and traditions that get wrapped up in early voting. Working long hours, finding transportation, or building community can all answer the question about why early voting matters. If you have a story or opinion, take a moment to share it.  This is your chance to be heard.

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