From Katherine Lent
Clermont County Democratic Party Precinct Captain Stonelick
Hi, I am one of three Precinct Captains in Stonelick Township. We are basically Ambassadors for the Democratic Party in Clermont County, where we have 167 precincts in fourteen townships and two cities, Milford and Loveland. We have two more Precinct Captains in Stonelick, David Mulcahey, and Jim Bellman.
Precinct Captains serve as part of a ‘grassroots’ network to communicate with our neighbors and elect Democrats to local and federal elected offices. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, provide you with some information, and make myself available to you for any questions that you may have.
Our role as elected Precinct Captains is to communicate with the residents of our precinct about voting. As Ambassadors for the party, we provide information and encourage voter participation to help increase Democratic voter registration and voter turnout at elections.
We obtain up-to-date information from the Clermont County Board of Elections, and the Secretary of State websites, and the Clermont County Democratic Party Central Committee.
- I will reach out to you and communicate with you via email, newsletters, phone, social media, or text etc. I can assist with the Mail-in/Absentee Ballot process.
- I hope to schedule and conduct a “Meet and Greet” informal gathering for our precinct virtually, via Zoom or Facebook Live as the Election draws a bit closer.
- I have provided a private Facebook group for registered Democratic residents of Stonelick. We have three Precinct Captains for different sections of Stonelick. I am in SK-B. Facebook Group here.
- I would encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the voting process, particularly early voting at the Clermont County Board of Elections in Batavia and ‘early’ or ‘mail’-in’, or absentee’ voting. More about that in a bit.
FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The next election is November 3, 2020.
- Voting can also be done by mail or early in-person and on some weekends.
- Voting by Mail and Absentee Voting is the same thing in the state of Ohio.
- You do not need an excuse to vote early or by mail.
- You can vote by mail if you or your child is in the hospital.
- You can vote by mail if you are out of the country.
- Ohio does not automatically send ballots, (universal) – you have to request it via an application.
- Here’s how you can request a ballot by applying.
Write, call, download an application and mail it, or go to the Clermont County Board of Elections in Batavia and request an absentee ballot.
Mail-in/Absentee Ballot applications can be hand-delivered to the BOE, placed in the BOE DropBox, or sent by mail.
Contact the Board of Elections to request an application:
⇒⇒ By phone: 513 732-7275
⇒⇒ By email: email@example.com
⇒⇒ By download: Download an application
To get an application to vote by mail you will need:
- Voter’s Ohio drivers license number
- The last four digits of the voter’s social security number
- Or a copy of the voter’s current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government documents that shows the voter’s name and address.
Early in-person voting begins on Tuesday, October 6, and runs through the day before election day on Monday, November 2 at the Clermont County Board of Elections.
76 S. Riverside Dr. Batavia, OH 45103
- Voter registrations and absentee ballot applications are available 24 hours a day outside of the Board of Elections office.
- The monitored, secure drop box is accessible 24 hours a day outside of the Board of Elections office.
- Absentee ballot applications and voted ballots may be securely placed into the drop box at any time.
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What About Student Absentee Voting?
If you are a college student and you won’t be home in Ohio on Election Day because you are attending college you can vote by mail/absentee. Read the details here.
What if You are Not Registered?
Did You Know You Can Register Online?
Here’s how. Download the Registration form here. Complete and return the form to the Clermont County Board of Elections at:
76 S. Riverside Drive Batavia, Ohio 45103 or Secretary of State’s office.
Mailed registration forms must be sent to the Clermont County Board of Elections or the Secretary of State’s office and must be postmarked 30 days before an election, which is October 5.
Did You Know You Can Register In-Person at All of These Places?
- At the Clermont County Board of Elections.
- At any public high school or vocational school.
- At the offices of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- At public libraries.
- At county treasurer’s offices, recorder’s office, Department of Job and Family Services, and MRDD.
In-person registration forms must be returned 30 days before an election, which is October 5.
What Requirements Do You Need to be Qualified to Register to Vote in Ohio?
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You will be at least 18 years old
- You are not incarcerated
- You have not been declared incompetent
- More here
What are the ID Requirements?
The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include
- An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with a present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
- A military identification;
- A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
- An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
- An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
- An original or copy of a current other government documents (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.
What if You Can’t Use Your Address?
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program was created by Substitute House Bill 359 to assist victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or sexual battery by providing them with a safe and secure way to participate in our democratic process. Program participants are assigned a substitute address designated by the Secretary of State’s Office to serve as their address. More here
What if You Just Need to Update Your Address?
You must update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election, which is October 5. You can do that here.
Vote In-Person Early or on Election Day
You can vote in person at the BOE from October 5, up until the day before the election, but on Election Day, November 3, you must vote at the polling location, not the BOE. Our polling place is at the Fairgrounds, however, here is the website to find your polling place.
- If you make a mistake while voting, let a poll worker know and you will be issued a new ballot. Sample ballots are available for practice. Want to see a sample ballot? You can see a sample ballot for your location here.
- No one may stand in the voting booth with you when you cast your vote. Exceptions are made for voters who declare illiteracy or physical infirmity. They can receive the help of two election officials of different political parties in the booth, and or a relative.
- You can still vote if you are standing in line at 7:30 p.m. when the polls close. The poll workers must allow you the opportunity to vote if you are waiting in line inside at your correct polling location when the polls close.
What Can You Do After You Have Returned Your Ballot by Mail or In-Person?
Oct. 05 – Deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election (30 days before general election)
Oct. 31 – Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before general election)
Nov. 03 – Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2.
Nov. 03 – General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
**If voter, or voter’s minor child is hospitalized because of accident or medical emergency, voter may apply for an absentee ballot until 3 p.m. Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the boards of elections by close of polls.
Our Local Democrats
It’s so important that vote down-ticket. Our local Democrats running for positions are as follows:
- For Representative to Congress (2nd District) Jaime M. Castle
- For Justice of the Supreme Court John P. O’Donnell
- For Justice of the Supreme Court Jennifer Brunner
- For Judge of the Court of Appeals (12th District) No Valid Petition Filed
- For Judge of the Court of Appeals (12th District) No Valid Petition Filed
- For State Senator (14th District) Ryan Ottney
- For State Representative (65th District) Alan Darnowsky
- For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Probate/Juvenile Division) No Valid Petition Filed
- For County Commissioner Jeff Richards
- For County Commissioner No Valid Petition Filed
- For Prosecuting Attorney No Valid Petition Filed
- For Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas Acacia Uible
- For Sheriff No Valid Petition Filed
- For County Recorder No Valid Petition Filed
- For County Treasurer No Valid Petition Filed
- For County Engineer No Valid Petition Filed
- For Coroner No Valid Petition Filed
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
Vote in Honor of a Veteran
Through the ‘I Vote in Honor of a Veteran’ initiative, you can demonstrate the pride you feel for an individual and, at the same time, encourage others to vote on Election Day. I Vote in Honor of a Veteran program here.
You can be a Poll Worker or Precinct Election Official
Help to ensure that all elections are conducted in a fair and honest and transparent manner in an effort to help safeguard the integrity of the election process, and get paid. More here
They are the voice between the County Party and neighborhoods and help to build the Democratic Party at its grassroots. Captains can be appointed between elections, but run for the position in even years at the spring primary. All 167 precincts in Clermont need one! If you know someone who might be interested, they can call or email the Precinct Election Managers – Stephanie Hemmer-Haight (732-7489) and Leann Helton (732-7488) at the BOE.
Consider a Run for Office
As you can see, there are various offices and boards in Clermont County needing fresh Democratic voices, and it is a shame to see these run unopposed. There is plenty of help to get started. Resources about open seats, how to file, and candidate training are available to help.
If you or someone you know might be interested in running, please forward them this email! They can visit or email the Clermont County Democratic Party at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the Clermont County Board of Elections website or call their office at 513-732-7275 for information about nominating petitions, filing fees, and filing deadlines.
The Ohio Democratic Party has developed an online tool that you can use to query what local offices are up for election in 2019 and 2020. Visit Run for Office to find out what offices are open in your community. They have training to run for office available. The ODP offers candidate training through its Main Street Initiative program. Contact Sam Melendez, Director of Main Street Initiative at email@example.com
From the early 1800’s through the 1960’s Clermont County was known in the political arena as a bastion of Democrats. The Democratic Party started losing County Offices to the Republicans in the 1970’s and it was in 1984 that the Democratic Party lost all but one Judge, every other County Office. No Democrat has held a County or District Office in the County since 1990.
What Do Democrats Stand For?
Dems Care The Democratic Party’s philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state. It seeks to provide government regulation in the economy.
The Clermont County Democratic Party meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at HQ in Batavia. Both the Executive and Central Committee meetings are open to the public. (6:00pm and 7:00pm), now on Zoom. Email for an invitation link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clermont County Democratic Party
174 E. Main Street, (next to Gramas Pizza)
(P.O. Box 475) Batavia, OH 45103
The Clermont County Democratic Party has maintained a headquarters on Main Street in Batavia since the 1970’s. It has continued to field qualified candidates even though Clermont County has seen the Republicans winning all county offices year after year since 1984. The Clermont County Democratic Party does take pride in the fact that we have seen the election of President William Clinton (1992) and Barack Obama (2008) as well as Sherrod Brown who has served as Ohio Secretary of State, a US Congressman and presently serves as one of our US Senators.
- Ohio Secretary of State
- League of Women Voters of Clermont County
- League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area
- Kids Voting Ohio
- Printable Election Day Activities for Children
- Kids Guide to the United States Government
I look forward to making your acquaintance!
Best, Katherine Lent, Precinct Captain Stonelick B