COLUMBUS – Today the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) endorsed a ballot initiative to modernize Ohio’s elections. The proposed constitutional amendment would expand voter registration, solidify early voting, and ensure timely ballots for military and overseas citizens. Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections refiled the petition on February 10 with the Attorney General’s Office. The official campaign launch will occur in the coming weeks.
The following statement can be attributed to Ohio Organizing Collaborative Board Chair, Pastor Michael Harrison, Senior.
"At OOC we organize everyday Ohioans, building transformative power for racial, social, and economic justice in our state. By the end of this year we will have registered more than 500,000 Ohio voters. We've talked to millions of Ohioans in their neighborhoods, on their campuses, and in their places of worship. We know all too well the challenges Ohio voters face -- from parents who struggle with long voting lines, college students who move each year, and working people with no time off to vote. By ensuring that people have their right to vote respected, no matter what they look like, how much they earn, or where they live, we can work together to restore that trust. We need to set up our system so that every eligible Ohioan can have their voice heard on Election Day."
The Ohio Chapter of the NAACP, Ohio’s A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the Ohio Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism have also endorsed the campaign. Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections continues to build a non-partisan, broadly representative buckeye coalition with Ohio veterans, faith-based groups, members of the disability rights community, advocacy and legal organizations.