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Nonprofit Voter Registration and Engagement in Ohio


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• Easy methods to register new voters and update voter registration
• The deadlines and Ohio ID rules for the 2014 general election
• Where to get registration materials for your organization

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Nonprofit Voter Registration and Engagement in Ohio

  1. 1. Nonprofit Voter Registration & Engagement Featuring Ohio VOTES
  3. 3. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is… a statewide coalition of over 470 organizations working together to promote health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives.
  4. 4. We believe in
  5. 5. Your organization can join AOF’s work Endorse at
  6. 6. AOF’s NEW Monthly Webinar Series • Help you take action for strong families and communities • Inform & Share Resources • What’s happening at the state level?
  7. 7. Cathy Johnston Advocacy Director- COHHIO & Ohio VOTES Rubén Castilla Herrera Community Organizer- Central Ohio Worker Center & Ohio VOTES
  8. 8. What is your experience with voter registration and engagement? POLL: Please respond on your screen.
  9. 9. ✔ Make your Mark on November 4 Nonprofit Voter Engagement Training
  10. 10. Good Afternoon!
  11. 11. Today’s Agenda  Who we are  Why Should Nonprofits Be Engaged?  Do’s and Don’ts  Making An Agency Voter Engagement Plan  Voter Registration  GOTV  Leave with knowledge of how, when and what you need to vote
  12. 12. Who We Are 12
  13. 13. WHY NONPROFITS?  Non Profits are Trusted Messengers  We understand the value of inclusion and empowerment  Advance our issues and mission  Engage voters with nonpartisan appeals
  14. 14. Inclusion & Empowerment
  15. 15. Nonprofits NEED to advance our issues and mission! 15 local_gov
  16. 16. Nonpartisan Appeal
  17. 17. Do’s and Don’ts 17
  18. 18. Do: Check with your agency director
  19. 19. DO: Be Nonpartisan - Basic Guidelines for 501(c)3)s
  20. 20. DO: Promote nonprofit voter engagement activities to educate the public and help them participate in elections, including:  Voter Registration  Voter Mobilization (aka Get out the Vote)
  21. 21. Don’t: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization MAY NOT SUPPORT OR OPPOSE A CANDIDATE for public office. Don’t • Endorse candidates • Donate money or resources to candidates • Rate candidates on single issues
  22. 22. Making a Plan VOTER REGISTRATION There are different levels of voter registration activities. Consider the capacity of your organization before developing a voter registration plan
  23. 23. Level 1: Publicize and Promote
  24. 24. Level 2: Conduct Voter Registration on Site
  25. 25. Make a Voter Mobilization Plan  As with Voter Registration, gauge the capacity of your organization before embarking on a plan.
  26. 26. GET OUT THE VOTE Make October Get Out the Vote Month 501(c)(3)s may: • Make the election highly visible • Provide voter assistance or refer to local board of election or the League of Women Voters of Ohio. • Remind staff and constituents to vote • Remind people to mail in their absentee ballot request form if they want to vote at home .
  27. 27. GOTV Principles  Make it Personal  Create Visibility  Be Positive  Make it Urgent  Get Voters the Help They Need
  28. 28. Engaging America’s nonprofits in voting and elections 89 South Street, Suite 203 Boston, MA, 02111 Phone: 617-357-8683 Fax: 617-478-0378 Email:
  29. 29. Voting in Ohio  Voter Registration  Three Ways to Vote in Ohio  Voter ID
  30. 30. Ohio Voter Registration Voter Eligibility
  31. 31. Ohio Voter Registration Voter Registration Deadline is October 6
  32. 32. Frequent Errors on Form
  33. 33. Voter Registration Voters who are Homeless  Voters who are homeless in Ohio can register and vote.  Voters who are homeless may use the address of a shelter or other location.  Ohio law states: If a person does not have a fixed place of habitation, but has a shelter or other location at which they have been a consistent or regular inhabitant and to which the person has the intention of returning that shelter or other location shall be deemed the person’s residence for the purpose of registering to vote.
  34. 34. Voter Registration & Criminal Records
  35. 35. National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)
  36. 36. Ohio Voter Registration
  37. 37. Voter Registration
  38. 38. Check & Update Your Voter Registration If you move . . . If you change names . . . If you have moved you can update your voter registration online 
  39. 39. Change Address Online
  40. 40. Ohio Voter Registration  If your agency will be collecting voter registration forms they must be turned into the Board of Elections or the Secretary of State’s office within 10 days from completion.  For a complete guide to Voter Registration see the Secretary of States Voter Registration Instructions to be found at
  41. 41. Three Ways to Cast Your Ballot 2014 1. Vote by Mail (Absentee Ballot) 2. Vote Early In-Person 3. Election Day Voting
  42. 42. 1. Vote by Mail (Absentee Ballot)
  43. 43. Vote by Mail  Change in Law for 2014: Absentee ballot forms require more information this year! You must provide this information for your ballot to be counted. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
  44. 44. Vote by Mail  Absentee Voting begins September 30. If you mail in your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked no later than November 3. You can drop off your completed ballot at your Board of Elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 pm on Election Day.
  45. 45. 2. Vote Early In-Person
  46. 46. Vote Early In-Person  Early in-person voting begins September 30 for November 4 General Election.  Call your local Board of Elections for voting locations.
  47. 47. Vote Early In-Person November 4 General Election Early In-Person Hours: **On Sept. 4, 2014, a federal judge ruled that Ohio must restore early voting times that had been cut, including: Early voting will begin Sept. 30, 2014 for the Nov. 4 general election. Evening hours and Sunday hours for early in-person voting must be set. This ruling is being appealed. Check with your local county board of elections or visit
  48. 48. Election Day Voting Many polling locations and precincts have changed since the last election. It’s a good idea to confirm your current polling place and precinct before you go vote, by contacting your Board of Elections or looking it up online at:
  49. 49. Voter ID  Make sure you have acceptable forms of ID  Cell phone bill, utility bill, government document from this calendar year
  50. 50. Ohio Contacts 614-469-1505  Carrie Davis, LWVO Executive Director,  Cathy Johnston, OhioVOTES Director, COHHIO 614-280-1984, X25
  51. 51. Materials Contact Cathy Johnston 614-280-1984 x25 if you have difficulty locating needed materials
  52. 52. TAKE ACTION: MAKE A VOTER ENGAGEMENT PLAN • Select a method of voter engagement • Get materials you need from Board of Elections, Ohio VOTES website or other source • Choose a point person in charge of the project • Get registrations turned in on time (within 10 days)
  53. 53. Q&A • Unmute using the phone icon on top center of your computer screen or by pressing *6 on phone • Type your question into the chat bar
  54. 54. COMING UP NEXT MEDICAID UPDATE & HEALTH CARE ADVOCACY Webinar on October 9, 3-4:00 P.M.
  55. 55. Advocates for Ohio’s Future 510 East Mound Street, Suite 200 Columbus, OH 43215 Will Petrik | 614-602-2464 Gail Clendenin | 614-602-2463