Through Mon 10/5
If you don’t vote on November 3, you don’t get to complain about anything. You people who didn’t vote in 2016 because Hillary wasn’t perfect own the radical right-wing tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court.
And yes, your vote does count, so drop the kneejerk cynicism that’s really an excuse for your laziness. In 2000, a president was elected by 537 votes in Florida. If just a handful more people turned out, there would have been no way for the Supreme Court to had George Bush the presidency. And a race for Virginia’s legislature in 2017 was tied and decided by a coin flip — and decided which party controlled the House of Delegates.
There are races up and down the ballot that really, really matter — congressional races, county commissioner races, local judicial races, state supreme court races, school levies. Go to your county board of elections to find out who’s on your ballot and then check your League of Women Voters site to learn about the candidates — they send questionnaires to all candidates and post the responses. In Cuyahoga County, the website Judge4Yourself can give you some guidance on the judicial races.
But first you have to register — and in Ohio the deadline is Monday October 5. And that’s one aspect of this election (where the powers in Columbus have been working to muddy the waters) that’s crystal clear. You can even register online (Bizarrely, you cannot request an application for a mail-in ballot online), If you haven’t done it, go here now. If you have, check with your board of elections to make sure your registration is still in their system.
And on Tuesday October 6 you can start voting!