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Entries in homeless voting (27)

Thursday
Nov102016

Overview of NEOCH Get Out the Vote Activities

Ken Payton who oversees the Cleveland Street Chronicle normally, was in charge of the Get Out the Vote campaign.  He worked on the weekends and did everything possible to get people to vote.  We have to thank Pastor Freddie Thomas Sr. of Living Faith Pentecostal Church for letting us borrow the church van to take homeless to the polls.  Ken had to put up with some unruly folks who just wanted a ride to the polls, but for the most part there was gratitude.  We heard over and over that people said, "I wouldn't have voted if you had not given me a ride."  Ken drove people who it was their first vote ever, and a few who had not voted for eight years.  

  •  36 people driven on Election Day to their precinct to vote.  
  • 1,546 registered in the shelters between June to October 11, 2016.
  • 199 registered by Ken Payton at NEOCH.
  • Early voting rides given to 48 individuals.

We wish that we could have worked closer with Souls to the Polls, but it just never panned out since they were focused on the two weekends.   Ken went to every shelter and nearly many subsidized buildings locally.  We also need to recognize EDEN and Frontline Services who had their staff coordinate rides or walking over the polling place for their residents to vote.  We also saw Famicos Foundation driving their residents over to the polling place.  Ken did all that he could to get homeless people to vote and we owe him a big thanks. 

Brian Davis

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Monday
Oct312016

Last Week to Vote Early

Non-Profit Vote has worked with NEOCH over the last few election cycles to help us alert voters in Ohio of the importance of voting.  We have worked with Cleveland Votes and COHHIO this year to register and get people to vote.  Early voting is the best for homeless people and those who move frequently because the staff at the Board of Elections are professional and know all the rules.  You also do not need ID to vote early.  There are rides available and one weekend left for early voting. 

Tuesday
Jun282016

Updates to Homeless Voting Section of Website

In preparation for the important upcoming November 2016 election, we’ve updated the Homeless Voting section of our website! Click here or on the “Vote” Button on our many of the pages on the website and you’ll see an updated menu with current information for the 2016 election.

We have an overview of the pertinent voting information, NEOCH’s voting plan for 2016, FAQ about homeless voting, a voting checklist, and a flyer on the importance of voting. There are also links to external sites with relevant information. On the Voting Blog, I’ve added posts about recent changes in Ohio voting laws. These include NEOCH’s victory in its lawsuit against Secretary of State Husted, the restoration of Golden Week, Gov. Kasich’s veto of a potential restrictive voting law, and the recent purge of voter registration records.  

by Megan Shanklin

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Tuesday
May102016

Homeless People Have a Right To Vote Trainings

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is beginning our 2016 campaign to include homeless people in voter registration and get out the vote campaigns.   We have a staff person, Ken Payton, who is assigned to work on voting activities.  He can pick up your completed registrations and get them over to the Board of Elections in a timely manner.  He will be coordinating rides to the polling place in October and November and can bring your agency blank registration forms if you need.    We are hoping that each agency can assign one person to work on voting activities since every homeless person needs to update the Board of Elections on their residency for voting purposes.   In 2016, we are offering to come to your staff meetings to talk about homeless participation in voting if you want.  

Brian Davis

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Thursday
Apr072016

Another Day; Another Lawsuit in Ohio Over Voting

Here are a few links to other stories in the media about this story

All of these raise the issue in Ohio of "Why is Husted sued so many times over voting and ballot issues?"  Why does Ohio rely so heavily on the federal courts to oversee the simple process of voting, and finally when is the Justice Department going to intervene to take over supervision of statewide elections in Ohio? How much of all these rules are a racist response to the mobilization of voters that took place in 2008 and 2012 in Ohio? 

Nationally, it raises the question of "Why is voting so complicated and now being used as a tool to exclude people from participating in our democracy?"  Why would we not move toward universal registration and not purge people from the voter lists for deciding not to vote?   Why would we focus on areas where there are proven fraud instead of making rules that exclude more people compared to the number of cases of actual fraud in voting?  The Secretary of State in his State Report of 2014, identified 17 cases that were suspicious out of the millions of votes cast in Ohio.  This is the justification for voter ID, purging voters and throwing away legitimate ballots with minor technical errors.  Here is a copy of the press release on this latest lawsuit.

“Voter rolls with deceased voters and people who've moved out-of-state have long contributed to the problems of voter fraud, long lines and discarded ballots," Husted said. “In 2011, there were several Ohio counties with more registered voters than eligible voters."

Notice that the Secretary of State did not identify any deceased voters who actually voted or even that there was actual fraud cases in Ohio.  All of these laws are solutions in search of problems.  How does purging a person's registration not result in even more discarded ballots?  These people will show up in November thinking that they are registered and then cast a provisional ballot because their name will not appear.  Then the local board will be forced to throw their ballot in the garbage because they were not registered.   This is all doublespeak that George Orwell warned us about. 

So what that there are more registered voters than eligible voters.  Are these counties running out of computer storage space?   What does it matter?  These people are not voting twice so who cares?  When only 20-40% of the population shows up to vote, maybe that is what Husted should work on getting more than a minority of the population actually voting.   Maybe he should spend his time supervising the local Boards of Elections so there are not 88 different strategies for counting provisional ballots.  How about adding early voting sites to reduce lines or adding weekend hours?  Why can't we register and vote 35 days before the election?  Maybe he should work on getting universal access to free identification for the hundreds of thousands who have financial or paperwork barriers to getting their birth certificate.  Maybe, he could focus on making the voting process enjoyable and easy and not some partisan battle with untrained election day "volunteers" put in the middle. 

It is horrible that we have these wars going on over the simple process of casting a ballot and participating in democracy.  This should not be so difficult and NEOCH should not have to keep going to court to make sure that people who move frequently can participate. 

Brian Davis

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