With the election less than 50 days away, people have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in Ohio. There are various locations and events on campus and in Oxford to register.
According to Prue Dana, voters service chair for the League of Women’s Voters of Oxford, there are several places to register to vote for both students and community members. These places include the Lane Public Library, which is the community library, the municipal building located Uptown on High Street, room 111 in the Shriver Center and the Office of Disability Resources in room 19 of the Campus Avenue Building.
There is also going to be a specific registration date 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kroger that will be run by the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, Dana said.
In addition, people can register to vote online, Dana said. The website, www.butlercountyelections.org, has a direct link for an online registration form. The deadline to return the form and the address for mailing the registration can also be found on the website.
The registration deadline is Oct. 9. All Ohio citizens must have their registration complete by that date to vote, according to Dana.
Dana stressed the importance of registering here in Oxford. She said that any time there is a change in a person’s name or a person’s address, they should reregister to be able to vote for issues pertaining to this area.
In order to vote for local issues in an election, the voter must be registered for the area in which the issues pertain to. If, however, the voter is highly involved in campaigning from their hometown, Dana advised them to stay involved there.
Another key component when deciding where to register is for voters to make sure that their registration form is being taken to the Butler County Board of Elections, Dana said. This means voters should make sure they are registering with someone who will deliver their registration to the appropriate location.
After registering, that person will be mailed a card confirming their registration and detailing their polling location. If no card has been received, the person who is trying to register should contact the Butler County Board of Elections, Dana said.
Dana said voting will be held at Shriver for all students living on campus and for anyone else who is interested in voting there. For people living in Oxford, there are different designated areas. If a person is unaware of where to vote, they can contact the Butler County Board of Elections.
In order to vote in the United States, Dana said that a person must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and the person must include their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number on the registration. Dana also said that if students living in the residence halls are registering, they need to put the name of the residence hall and the address of the residence hall on the form.
Laura Kretz, president of College Democrats, explained where students can register.
“If you want to register to vote in [Oxford], we have registration drives, and we register during our meetings,” Kretz said. “Students can go to the meetings even if they are not in the organization.”
Baylor Meyers, chairman of College Republicans suggested students go to the Butler County Board of Elections website to register and look for upcoming information for voting.
“There are always locations [for voting] on campus and off campus posted within three weeks of the election,” Meyers said. “I would advise people to check out the presidential debates on every major news channel.”
Dana said the League of Women Voters will be putting out a voter information guide closer to the election.
“They will be distributed around campus,” Dana said. “[Students] can pick those up probably at the Shriver Center, the Campus Avenue building, and maybe King Library.
The Office of Diversity Affairs will be hosting a constitution reading and discussion event 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in MacMillan Hall, room 212, Dana said. The League of Women Voters will be at the event with voter registration forms for people who are interested in registering there.
For additional information about the election, Dana also discussed a Candidate Forum taking place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Knolls of Oxford. More information will be released as the date gets closer.