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CLEVELAND – The ACLU of Ohio has launched a new ‘Let Me Vote’ campaign designed to supply voters with the information they need to cast their ballot on election day. Starting today, you can log on to the ACLU of Ohio’s website to find information on how to register to vote, what identification to bring, and how to take advantage of early voting.
“We want to make sure that Ohio voters have all the facts,” says Mike Brickner, Communications and Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Ohio. “While politicians have debated early voting opportunities, we want to be sure voters are able to choose a convenient way to cast their ballot. We are here to help voters understand the laws and to prepare so they can make it to the polls and make sure their vote counts.”
The campaign is part of a national ACLU effort of the same name, designed to assist voters at a time when many states’ rules have changed.
The organization urges all voters to go to their website (http://www.acluohio.org/Vote), where they will find downloadable Voter Empowerment cards in both English and Spanish. These cards break down all the basic voter information, including how to vote early and what kinds of voter ID are acceptable.
The ACLU is also providing information for formerly incarcerated Ohioans, all of whom have the right to vote in the state without restriction.
When it comes to protecting your vote, Brickner emphasizes the importance of being prepared and helping to prepare others. “All voters should plan how and where they’re going to vote, and make sure they have the tools they will need to cast their ballot,” says Brickner. “Then, think of three people in their life who may need assistance and help them check their registration, obtain identification, or cast an absentee ballot.”
All voters can also call a 24-hour hotline to get more information about their rights and any regulations in their area: # 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).