CitizensTogether.com

From The Vaults

Why Did Every Democrat In The Ohio Assembly Reject The — Clearly Superior — LaRosa Proposal For Ohio’s 2020 Primary?

Secretary of State, Frank LaRosa

The primary election plan unanimously agreed to by the Ohio Assembly will dramatically reduce voter participation. Of course, participation will be suppressed at this point, regardless. But the plan approved by the Assembly advances the worst solution to a difficult problem.

I am flabbergasted that every Democrat in the Ohio Assembly agreed to this absurd decision. I can’t understand why our Democratic members of the Assembly did not support the clearly superior plan proposed by Secretary of State, Frank Larosa. I’m hoping there is more to this story than I know.

If the goal is to encourage voter participation, the Larosa plan is preferable because this plan clearly would result in many more people voting than the plan approved by the Assembly. Just the requirement to pay for the needed postage would discourage some voters. Greatly reducing the number of days that voting is allowed would have an impact. Why did Democrats not support the better plan?

What the Assembly unanimously agreed to:

  • The Ohio Secretary of State must design, print and mail approximately 7.8 million informational postcards to every registered Ohioan that explains to them how to obtain the form necessary to request an absentee ballot.
  • Based on preliminary estimates from prospective vendors, it is expected that these postcards will reach registered voters in the second week of April.
  • Voters who want to cast a ballot must then either print out an absentee ballot request form themselves or call their county board and ask for one to be sent to them.
  • Voters must then affix their own postage and send the request to their county board of elections.
  • Boards must then process the request, print the ballot and send it to the voter.
  • Each voter must receive their ballot, cast their vote, and return the ballot in a postage-paid envelope, postmarked by April 27th.

What Secretary of State, Frank LaRosa, proposed:

  • The Secretary of State would directly mail postage-paid absentee ballot request forms to the approximately 7.2 million registered Ohioans who have not yet voted. These forms would arrive at the homes of voters around April 27th. This plan would essentially skip the step of sending informational postcards.
  • Interested voters would send their postage-paid requests back to their boards, who in turn would process the request, print the ballot and send it to the voter.
  • Voters would have until June 1 to postmark their ballot in a postage-paid envelope for submission and tabulation at their county board of elections.
  • This plan afforded all voters a fair, safe opportunity to cast their ballots by mail and a limited in-person voting opportunity, pending the public health emergency being lifted, for Ohioans with disabilities and those who can not receive mail.
Share

Albert Griggs Jr. — Candidate for the Ohio Senate — Will Meet With Democrats This Evening At New Kettering Library

The beautiful community room at new Kettering Library at Wilmington and Stroop is reserved this evening for a get-togther for area Democrats for the purpose of meeting Democratic candidate Albert Griggs Jr and discussing his vision for flipping Republican control of Senate District Six.

Albert Griggs Jr. — candidate for the Ohio Senate — will meet with Democrats this evening, March 9, at the beautiful new Kettering Library at the corner of Wilmington and Stroop Rd. There will light refreshments from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM and then Griggs will make a short presentation starting at 6:45 PM.

…continue reading the article Albert Griggs Jr. — Candidate for the Ohio Senate — Will Meet With Democrats This Evening At New Kettering Library

Share

Albert Griggs Jr. — Democratic Candidate For The Ohio Senate — Met Today With West Carrollton Democrats And Explained His Plan To Flip This Republican District

Glad to be with my friend Albert Griggs Jr. (on left) today at the West Carrollton library. Albert is seeking to be nominated to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for the Ohio Senate representing this region — District Six. Albert gave a short presentation explaining his vision for how Democrats can win this Republican District. His talk was illustrated with a power point and was entitled, “Building a 21st Century Democracy In The Sixth District.” There was a good discussion with the Democrats who attended the meeting. The Democratic Primary is March 17.

Albert Griggs Jr. — candidate

…continue reading the article Albert Griggs Jr. — Democratic Candidate For The Ohio Senate — Met Today With West Carrollton Democrats And Explained His Plan To Flip This Republican District

Share

Albert Griggs Jr. Has My Vote March 17 For The Democratic Nomination For The Ohio Senate — Here’s Why

I am glad to endorse Democrat Albert Griggs for the Ohio Senate — seeking to be the Democratic candidate in the Democratic Primary on March 17.

This Senate District Six has elected a Republican to the Ohio Senate for the last 35 years — reliably contributing to the big Republican 24-9 super majority. It is a huge geographic area consisting of about two-thirds of Montgomery County.

I am endorsing Albert, because I feel he would make a great senator. More than that, I believe that he is the Democrat with the background and message that gives him a good

…continue reading the article Albert Griggs Jr. Has My Vote March 17 For The Democratic Nomination For The Ohio Senate — Here’s Why

Share

The Montgomery County Democratic Party Shows Blatant Favoritism In Democratic Primary Endorsements

The Montgomery County Democratic Party at its December 12 meeting voted on early endorsements for the Democratic Primary. This endorsement practice is so anti-democratic and so reeks of a system that is rigged that some Democratic Party county organizations prohibit this practice.

Willis Blackshear Jr. got the big prize — the endorsement for Dayton’s 39th Ohio House District. There were four other qualified Democrats who had taken out petitions (see the last article below). A majority of the 29 members of the Screening Committee party chose the 27 year old son of their friend — Willis Blackshear Sr., the

…continue reading the article The Montgomery County Democratic Party Shows Blatant Favoritism In Democratic Primary Endorsements

Share