The Voter Service Committee has geared up for the 2018 midterm election season. Our activities have included registering voters in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Bay Village, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Beachwood, East Cleveland, North Olmsted, Westlake, Chagrin Falls, Orange and Rocky River. The LWVGC has been registering voters since early June, with many of these registrations occurring on National Voter Registration Day. Events have included community events such as the Tremont Festival, Bay Days, Farmers markets, and at schools throughout the Greater Cleveland area. There are many more voter registration events that will be held before October 9, the last day to register for the November 6 general election. Many of the voter registrations are for people who have moved and need to update their voter registration. At these events, the League has also provided information to citizens on how to register online, check on voter registration status to ensure that a voter has not been purged, and request vote by mail ballot forms.
A key element of the Voter Service program is educating voters about elections, candidates and issues. The LWVGC has been hosting candidate forums throughout the Greater Cleveland area and we partnered with the City Club on a forum on the only statewide measure on the ballot: Issue 1, To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs as well as the Ohio Attorney General Debate on October 22. In addition, the League is partnering with Westshore Unitarian Church in the screening and discussion of the film, “Dark Money” on Oct. 7.
The League has also promoted Vote411 through a public service announcement by Ahmaad Crump, the Cleveland Cavaliers In-Arena Host, on WKYC’s Lakeside Live, on our website and with printed materials. The Voter Information page on the LWVGC website has been updated. LWVGC is collaborating with Cleveland Votes, a non-partisan voter registration and education organization, to support voter registration and education in underserved areas throughout Cuyahoga County. League members as well as interested volunteers can use a calendar with sign up on our website to participate in voter registration events. We have also provided numerous voter registration trainings with information on how to conduct voter registration drives.
Additionally, we also hosted a forum on these ballot measures along with forums for Ohio State House Districts 9,13 and 16; Ohio Senate District 21 and 23; and Cuyahoga County District 1.
All of these results are due to a great group of volunteers. A big thank you to Voter Services Chair Patricia Carter, and a great group of volunteers including Kathy Burke, Lisa Cech, Laura Creed, Jacquie Davis, Jan Devereaux, Sarah Divakarla, Maureen Dostal, Sue Dyke, Holly Gigante, Frank Goforth, Marcia Goldberg, Annette Himes, Kathy Kosiorek, Claire Kranz Banasiak, Catherine LaCroix, Mary Lavigne-Butler, Kim Lenahan, Lynn Lilly, Cindy Marx, Mary Osburn, Janice Patterson, Roz Peters, Marilyn Ransom, Catherine Ryan, Gerald Silvera, Angela Sternlicht, Carol Ann Stoia, Cindy Strebig, Wendy Summers, Sarah Swanson, Leigh Tucker, Blanche Valancy, Monika Vatali, Chitra Walker, Mary Warren, and Meg Weingart for making this all happen.