Voter Registration Update

VOTER REGISTRATION UPDATE

 

The midterm elections are rapidly approaching and there is great need to register voters, especially potential voters from underserved communities.  Also, the US Supreme Court decision affirming the Ohio purge of irregular voters means all voters should verify their registration status. Fortunately, LWV Greater Cleveland has received a grant from Cleveland Votes to help in this work.  Voter Service chair Patricia Carter and her network of chapter Voter Service volunteers are organizing to reach as many potential voters as possible before voter registration closes on October 9.

We are now looking for volunteers to register voters at the following events:

Aug 11 – 71st Street Festival and Back 2 School Giveaway

Aug 25 – By Us For Us: Crowdfunding Your Community Project

Sept 14 – 2nd Annual Your Voice Matters Youth Summit

We hope to create an easily accessible calendar and sign-up gizmos like we used during the redistricting petition campaign, but in the meantime, please contact Patricia Carter  or Roz Peters (216-932-2649) if you are able to work at any of these events. Also, please advise us if you know of events where we should be out registering voters.

The conditions of our grant require us to follow certain procedures in order to document the number or voters we have registered, vote by mail applications secured, and pledge to vote cards collected. Although many of you have registered voters before, all volunteers need to be trained in the new procedures.  If you are not already trained, Roz or Patricia can arrange for that too.

At national convention we were enjoined to tell our story better—people need to know what we do—and the way to do that is to keep better statistics. LWV Ohio has a new tool that should make it easier for us to keep track of our voter registrations.  Soon we will receive a package of bright yellow cards with a QR code that can be scanned to take a voter straight into a website that will verify (or not) whether the voter’s registration is up to date. The app can then connect to online voter registration if appropriate.  If the app is unavailable or doesn’t work, LWV Ohio strongly urges us to use https://ohiovotes.us rather than the board of election website. The result is the same. The QR connects directly with the ohiovote.us website.

It is important to use the QR on the yellow card, and not the QR on the off-white card the volunteers from Common Cause or NOVA use because the QR records the organization which gets credit for the registration (a requirement of our grant) and automatically puts contact information in a database that can only be accessed by the  organization that is credited with registering the voter. Follow up contacts are controversial but essential for securing high voter turnout. It is voluntary for voters to submit e-mail addresses or phone numbers, but if they do, they can receive voting reminders and other important information relating to the election, such as notice when intentional misinformation is being disseminated.  

SAVE THE DATE: LWV Ohio will have an all-member phone call on August 23 with a training powerpoint to explain the new procedures and answer all of your questions. We hope you can be there.