TIFFIN, OH — It’s National Voter Registration Day and a good time to check whether you’re registered to vote in Ohio’s upcoming midterm election.
Ohioans will vote for a new governor for the first time in eight years, and national Democrats are hoping to pick up a few seats in Ohio’s traditionally Republican-leaning districts.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but the deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 – just two weeks away. Early voting begins Oct. 10.
Don’t even know if your registration is up to date or how to register?
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton – Democratic
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted – Republican
Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson – Libertarian
Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph – Green
Steve Dettelbach – Democratic
Dave Yost – Republican
Sherrod Brown – Democratic
Jim Renacci – Republican
Representative to Congress (4th District)
Jim Jordan – Republican
Janet Garrett – Democratic
State Representative (88th District)
Bill Reineke – Republican
Rachel Crooks – Democratic
County Commissioner (Seneca County)
Mike Kerschner – Republican
Cheryl Radin-Norman – Democratic
Ohio Issue 1 – To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs
If adopted, the amendment would:
Require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except individuals incarcerated for murder, rape, or child molestation, by up to 25% if the individual participates in rehabilitative, work, or educational programming.
Mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor.
Prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing, or using such drugs until an individual’s third offense within 24 months.
Allow an individual convicted of obtaining, possessing, or using any such drug prior to the effective date of the amendment to ask a court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the individual has completed the sentence.
Require any available funding, based on projected savings, to be applied to state-administered rehabilitation programs and crime victim funds.
Require a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time, for minor, non-criminal probation violations.