Attention, Ohio voters:
On the evening before the 2008 presidential election, a woman came into my library and asked us to help her check her voter registration. (This is easily done online via your county Board of Elections’ web site.) She said that someone who claimed to be an elections official had just come around her neighborhood - which is made up of primarily African American residents - and had told many people that they should not bother coming to the polls the next day because they were not registered to vote. We verified that she WAS in fact registered. Enraged, she left to try to contact all of her neighbors to alert them, and we advised her to report the incident to the BOE the next day.
I have no doubt that this will be happening again on the day before the 2012 presidential election, along with other tactics intended to keep voters away from the polls. Please check in with your family, friends, and neighbors. Remind them that voting is on Tuesday, Nov 6 - because they might get a phone call telling them it’s on Wednesday. Ask them where they vote and if they have a way to get there. Offer to help them check their registration online (again, on your county’s BOE web site) if they don’t have access to the Web. Call the BOE or 1-866-OURVOTE if you have a concern. Spread the word. Thank you for helping support everyone’s right to vote!