We’re fighting so you can vote safely and securely. We need your help.

With election day rapidly approaching, and the pandemic showing no signs of abating, it is vitally important that steps be taken to ensure that Ohioans have fair elections this year, that any barrier to voting early by mail be eliminated and that those who choose to vote in person can do so safely. We urge you to contact Secretary of State Frank LaRose and ask him to take the steps highlighted below.

Please click on this link and send him a message that asks for the following:

Allow voters to request absentee ballot applications online.

LaRose has said he would like to see this happen, but contends that he needs legislative authority to do so. Some legal scholars disagree and believe that existing law allows the Secretary of State to offer online absentee ballot applications. Please encourage LaRose to act.

Provide pre-paid postage for both ballot applications and ballots.

This is another proposal where LaRose says he agrees but argues he needs to be given the authority to carry it out.

The state legislature did approve prepaid postage on ballots for the spring primary election, which was conducted almost entirely by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those conditions haven’t changed.

If the legislature won’t act in a timely fashion, LaRose has the option of using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money to pay for the postage. He should seek the approval of the Ohio Controlling Board to do so.

Provide more drop-boxes for absentee ballots.

Amidst the growing concerns about the ability of the US Postal Service to handle the anticipated heavy volume of absentee ballots that will be cast this year, adding more drop boxes in counties across the state makes sense. LaRose should be encouraged to make that happen.