Vote on November 6th
It is a Woman’s Job to Vote
Are You a RIVER?
R – Register
Have you voted in the last two years?
If not your name may have been removed from the voter registration. Ohio election officials send notices to anyone who fails to cast a ballot during a two year period. People who do not respond and don’t vote over the next four years, including in two more federal elections, are dropped from the list of registered voters.
Have you recently moved? If so are you registered under your new address?
You can verify that you are registered properly by checking with your county Board of Elections or you can register at www.MyOhioVote.com, if you are not registered properly your vote may become a provisional vote.
I – Informed
Be informed! Do you know which days elections are held? Even the “special” elections? Do you know the candidate you are voting for? Regardless of party, does the person you choose to vote for reflect your own beliefs and values? What do their actions say about them? We all know there are people out there that say one thing but their actions tell a very different story. That goes for issues and tax levies too. Do they promote your ideas and passions?
Use reliable sources to get your information. Remember, you can’t believe everything that is posted on Facebook. You can check out how incumbents at the federal and state level have voted by doing a bit of research on the internet.
One source I found was http://innovationohio.org/womens-watch/. There are many others out there.
V – VOTE
To quote a bumper sticker I once saw “It’s a Woman’s Job to Vote”.
Once you are registered and know the candidates, issues and or tax levies it is easy to vote. If you aren’t sure of your polling location you can check with your county Board of Elections. All counties have a website for their Board of Elections.
I know, many people don’t like the lines or are unable to take the time to go to the polls on Election Day. That’s no excuse, you can vote ahead of time with Early Voting or by an Absentee Ballot. Voting by Absentee Ballot allows you time to review and research each item on the ballot before you send it in. Again, you can find more information on this through your local Board of Elections.
E – Educate
Educate others. Remind them to check their registration status and polling location. Get them registered if they aren’t already. Let them know where they can get information on candidates, issues and levies that will be on the upcoming ballot. Try not to be biased. Voting should be everyone’s free choice. It is one thing if asked for your opinion though. Be prepared to explain why you support a certain candidate, issue or levy. Educate others on how important each vote is in every election.
R – Recruit
Recruit others to spread the word.
Voting is a duty of every American citizen. I am always amazed at the low voter turnout we have every election.
How else can we have a government for the people if the people don’t voice their opinion by voting?
So….be a RIVER (Register, be Informed, Vote, Educate, Recruit) do your job and VOTE!
Brenda Anders, BPW/Ohio
Recording Secretary/Database Manager
The Business & Professional Women of Ohio was established in 1920 and was part of the Business & Professional Women/USA. BPW has a proud history of working for women’s rights and issues. Over the years BPW has worked for the women’s right to vote, allowing women to serve on juries, pay equity, health issues, discrimination in the job market, etc. We are now a legacy partner of the BPW/Foundation based in Washington DC and continue to promote the legacy programs of BPW i.e. Young Careerist, Individual Development and National Business Women’s Week® Our locals work to better the lives of women by offering scholarships, donate to domestic violence shelters, food banks, rape crisis centers and the America Legion Buckeye Girls State. BPW is an organization dedicated to women helping women.
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