Your Vote Can Create a Brighter Future for Ohio Children
This year’s election is critically important as Ohioans will vote for candidates in Congress, state legislature, Ohio Supreme Court, county commissioners, county and city judges, city council, prosecutors, school boards, and more. Elected officials at every level of government will be responsible for making public policy decisions that will greatly impact the everyday lives of Ohio’s children and their future success. Together, we can elevate the importance of early childhood education and healthy development strategies as candidates are continuing to evolve their public policy agendas.
With federal, state, and local operating budgets looming in the near future, families and the early childhood infrastructure are at risk of losing even more due to budget cuts resulting from decreased revenues. The stakes are high and this is why we are rallying together early childhood advocates to get out and vote for young children. We must elect leaders who understand the crucial role our early childhood infrastructure plays in supporting the health, safety, and education of our most vulnerable.
Recovery from the pandemic will not be easy, but if we work together, we can build a brighter, more sustainable, and more equitable infrastructure.
WHAT OHIO VOTERS ARE SAYING:
95% of Ohioans
believe it’s important
to make sure children get a
strong start in life through quality early learning programs.
62% of Ohioans
would be more likely
to vote for a candidate that champions high-quality early learning policies.
Are you registered to vote? Or need to confirm you are?
The deadline to register to vote is October 5, 2020.
You can register online here or confirm your registration here.
If you are registered, move to step 2.
Does your registration need updated?
If you recently changed your home address, you’ll need to update it here.
If you did not move and your registration is accurate, move to step 3.
Determine how you prefer to vote.
Via Mail beginning October 6 – Request your absentee ballot here and mail in the absentee ballot request form. Absentee ballot requests must be received by your local county board of elections by noon on October 31st. Your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than November 2nd and received by your county board of elections no later than 10 days after the election. Once you send in your absentee ballot (due by November 2nd), you can track your ballot here.
Early Voting beginning on October 6 – Find your polling place and its early voting hours here and learn what to bring with you here.
Day-of Voting on November 3 – Find your polling place here and learn what to bring day-of here.
Get familiar with the ballot & candidates.
Download your sample ballot here before heading to the polls.
Learn more about the candidates on your ballot:
such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
Thank you for understanding just how important voting for children is in this election.
HOW TO VOTE:
Click each step for details!
KEY ELECTION DATES:
Know the deadlines!
Deadline to register to vote.
Absentee voting by mail begins.
In-person voting begins (check with your local Board of Elections for dates/times).
Absentee ballot requests must be received by your local county board of elections by noon on the third day before the election.
Absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received by your county board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.
Election Day! Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can also drop off your absentee ballot at your board of elections office until 7:30 p.m
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Sample messages and graphics to share!
Social Media Posts:
Sample Post 1: Children are unable to vote...
Sample Post 2: We have a lot at stake this election...
Sample Post 3: Make children a top priority...
Sample Post 4: Groundwork Ohio's early childhood voter toolkit...
toolkit you will find information on how to vote, key dates, sample blogs, sample social media posts, and graphics. Access the toolkit at: www.groundworkohio.org/vote #OHVoteforChildren