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Casting a Ballot for Kids in Ohio

PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.
PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.
October 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices they make at the polls.

Oxley says children only have one childhood, and it's important to get it right by considering candidates who support investments in their education, nutrition and health care.

"We all have the responsibility to inform and advocate for policies that are going to maximize a child's chance to succeed and ensure their best interests are our country and our state's number one priority," says Oxley.

In the coming months, federal leaders will make decisions on reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Oxley encourages Ohioans to look at the voting records of elected officials to see where they stand on those issues, as well as other policies impacting children's health and safety.

After the election, Oxley says citizens need to make sure those who have been elected at the local, state and federal levels be held accountable for the choices they make in office.

"Ohio citizens can certainly see how those individuals they've voted for have prioritized children and make different decisions if they don't make the right choices on behalf of Ohio's children," she says.

Besides candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Ohio General Assembly, voters will also choose a governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voices for Ohio's Children is nonpartisan and does not support any particular candidate.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH