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Democracy is really on the line right now. For many reasons I won't go on too much about here, our system where fights are fought with ideas and words not guns & bombs, and majority rule, while protecting minority opinions is in serious trouble. You can see it locally, statewide and across the nation. Election fixing like terminally flawed campaign finance laws and gerrymandering that allows politicians to pick their voters, rather than vice versa as it should be, have resulted in a crumbling of democracy. Elections with no contest due to unwinnable districts or worse not even an opponent are not healthy. Low turnout, due to voter apathy, and the effect of negative campaigns that win elections. And now add to that new voting laws that make it harder to vote, despite already having safe and secure elections. Well it presents a real opportunity for power grabs.
One of the worst is on display right now in our state. Due to the outcomes of the 2019 Elections, Ohio Republicans had total control of Congressional and Ohio General Assembly Districts. And despite the fact that Republican Majority Ohio Supreme Court found these districts to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered , they had to allow the 2022 Election to happen with them. So, in a state that votes about 51-55% Republican and therefore 45-49% Democratic, we have a General Assembly that is about 70% Republican. And they are seizing their chance to try to make that permanent.
So on August 8th, just months after ending August Special Elections for everyone else, they have created an August 8th Special Election for just themselves. This election is as yet unfunded by them, and will put extreme stress on Ohio's Boards of Elections, some of whom, including Lucas County's have the possibility of a September municipal primary or primaries to deal with.
Why? Well, they want to make it harder for "We The People" of Ohio to stop them when they give special interests what they bought. And this effort is not exception, it is being funded by out of state special interest groups. And while the first thing they want to stop is the possibility in November that women may have their right to choose written into the Ohio Constitution, that's not the end of it. They are coming after workers' collective bargaining rights, pay protections, and given past history workers' compensation is on the menu. In the 1990's I was one of the leaders in our area who helped defeat an attempt to gut our workers' compensation rights. And we are fairly that a repeat is dratted and ready to go.
So, We need You. First, if you are not sure your voter registration is current, you need to check it before every election's voter registration deadline (https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx lets you check with the Ohio Secretary of State's office in all counties). For this election that deadline is July 10th. You should be registered where you live and/or intend to return to. Update that please.
Second, you will need photo ID to voter in person whether early or on Election Day. There no more forms of alternative ID allowed. So make sure your license or state issued ID is current. It takes time to get a new one, so don't delay on that.
Third, if you can, please contact your local Board of Elections and consider working for this election. We need people of all ages, that includes 16 and up and political affiliations. There are jobs that take a few hours to all of election day and beyond. ALL ARE PAID. ALL INCUDE PAID TRAINING. And you can actually sign up online in Lucas County and kill two birds with one stone. Go to https://www.lucascountyohiovotes.gov/voter-information and you can confirm your vote registration, where your polling place, and on the right hand side of the page where you do that, you can click a link and sign up to be poll worker for this election, and hopefully those in the future too.
Finally, make sure you get everyone you know, including yourself, out to vote. NO on State Issue One. Again this will make it harder for us to over rule the one party, special interest run, Ohio General Assembly.
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