There are important dates to know for the 2020 Election in Ohio. Get to know what those are.
COLUMBUS – If you’re a voter in Ohio this presidential election, chances are you’ve received multiple requests to apply for an absentee ballot.
One group sending letters to voters is the Center for Voter Information, which calls itself a non-profit, non-partisan organization but has some liberal ties.
What is important is you can use the group’s absentee ballot application to request a ballot from your county board of elections. Ohio’s election chief Frank LaRose, a Republican, said the form “will work as a proper ballot request.”
Aaron Ockerman, executive director of the Ohio Association of Election Officials, did offer one suggestion: Make sure you fill out the form completely. In some versions of the center’s application, the “date of birth line” is in a different spot, and some voters forgot to fill it out.
Here is what an absentee ballot application from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office looks like:
Here is an absentee ballot application form from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office website. (Photo: Provided)
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Here are a couple of absentee ballot applications from The Center for Voter Information:
Two absentee ballot application forms from the Center for Voter Information are shown here. (Photo: Jessie Balmert)
LaRose also sent absentee ballot applications to registered voters around Labor Day, and more will be sent in the coming weeks to newly registered voters. If you still need an application, you can find one at voteohio.gov, print it out and deliver it to your county board of elections.
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What is the Center for Voter Information?
The Center for Voter information is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit based in Washington D.C. Its tax status means the group doesn’t need to disclose its donors.
The group’s goal is to increase the number of unmarried women, youth and people of color in the electorate, according to its tax form.
Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a Republican, recently called the nonprofit a “shady out-of-state group,” but LaRose hasn’t voiced similar concerns in Ohio.
The Center for Voter Information’s president, Page Gardner, worked on former President Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992 and founded the nonprofit Women’s Voices Women Vote.
Women’s Voices Women Vote was behind some dubious robocalls in North Carolina’s 2008 primary that told residents how to register to vote after the deadline had passed. The calls, which appeared to target Black voters, led to confusion before the Democratic primary, NPR reported.
Gardner recently tweeted: “Trump- the President- is undermining our democracy.”
The Center for Voter Information’s CEO is Tom Lopach, who previously served as chief of staff for Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and worked as executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Have other questions about voting in Ohio? Email me at [email protected] or check out The Enquirer’s guide to voting here. You can also text us voting questions via a partnership with ProPublica called Electionland. Find out more here.
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