Saturday, September 24, 2022

Play

The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.

Play

Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.

Play

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.

Ohio Voters Urged to Learn about Powers of Public Officials

Play

Tuesday, September 20, 2022   

We're 50 days away from the 2022 midterms, and advocates are encouraging Ohioans to not only learn more about the candidates on the ballot, but the importance of the offices they wish to hold.

Collin Marozzi, deputy director of the ACLU of Ohio, explained state and local officials have a much bigger effect on the daily lives of voters than many high-profile federal leaders. He used the state auditor as an example:

"It's not a very flashy position," Marozzi acknowledged. "In all honesty, the biggest role the state auditor plays is to investigate corruption and public malfeasance. But another equally important function is to be one of the seven map-drawers for state and Congressional legislative districts."

The governor, attorney general and chief Supreme Court justice are just a few of the key stakeholders who will be elected by Ohio voters Nov. 8. To help give voters a clearer picture, the ACLU of Ohio has created a "Power Of" video series which defines the scope of the duties for certain political offices, as well as the unique powers and privileges.

Meanwhile, today is National Voter Registration Day. In 2018's midterm, nearly eight million people were registered to vote in Ohio, which was close to the same number as the 2020 presidential election.

Marozzi pointed out policy decisions seem to be driving registrations this time around.

"Dobbs v. Jackson Health decision that overturned Roe v. Wade has sparked a registration boom amongst Ohio women," Marozzi noted. "And women across states are leading the charge in new voter registrations."

Marozzi encourages eligible Ohioans to check their voter registration, or register to vote if they haven't done so already.

"It can be done in less than five minutes, and you don't have to go buy a stamp; print out your voter registration form," Marozzi emphasized. "Utilizing these new online tools is a major plus."

Ohio's voter registration deadline is Oct. 11. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 12.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


get more stories like this via email
Nonprofit organizations employed nearly 30,000 Montanans in 2019. (Artur/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The work of some nonprofit organizations has only increased with the pandemic and the needs that have come from it. An author and expert in the field …


Social Issues

By Lourdes Medrano for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Arizona News Connection, reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …

Social Issues

Hispanic Heritage Month began in mid-September and runs through Oct. 15, and a financial institution in Washington state is finding unique ways to …


Fans of solitude say the route density in Labyrinth Canyon can make it difficult to escape the noise of motorized vehicles. (Bureau of Land Management)

Environment

Conservation groups say more needs to be done to protect the natural and cultural resources of Utah's Labyrinth Canyon from off-road vehicles…

Social Issues

Despite being aimed at children in kindergarten through third grade, Florida teachers say what's often referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law has …

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she plans to call a legislative hearing on the practices of credit reporting agencies. (Kalafoto/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Consumer groups are pressing for legislation to reform the way credit agencies handle errors on credit reports. The calls to amend the Fair Credit …

Environment

A relatively small number of so-called "super emitters" are responsible for 40% of the methane emissions in oil and gas hotspots such as California's …

Social Issues

As "Banned Books Week" comes to a close, Connecticut libraries have been celebrating with great fervor - despite numerous book bans and challenges…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021