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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Secretary of State Husted Expands “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” Program

COLUMBUS – With Memorial Day just around the corner, Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced a new, social media component to the successful “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” initiative.

“Vote in Honor of a Veteran has been a great way for Ohioans to honor special veterans who fight for our freedoms every day, while raising awareness about the importance of voting and being active participants in our democracy,” said Secretary Husted. 

Through Vote in Honor of a Veteran, Ohio voters have the opportunity to share their pride and love for an individual who has served in the military by dedicating their votes to them. Each voter who participates in the program receives a special Vote in Honor of a Veteran lapel pin to wear with pride on Election Day. Approximately 4,000 Ohioans have already signed up to dedicate their votes.

How to Participate
Those interested in taking part in Vote in Honor of a Veteran may participate by simply completing the online form, which includes a place to write a message to or about their veteran and attach a photo if they so choose. Alternatively, Vote in Honor of a Veteran request cards are available for order on the Secretary of State’s website, which can be completed and returned by mail or shared with other family members who may also want to participate. Once submissions are received, the tribute to the individual veteran for whom a person is voting may be chosen for posting on the testimonial section of the Secretary of State’s website.

Share Veteran Tribute Through Facebook & Twitter
Recognizing the opportunity to share more information with friends and family through social media, Secretary Husted has added a new interactive component to the program. By visiting “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook, all users can get a Vote in Honor of a Veteran Badge to display on their personal Facebook walls. Here they are encouraged to share a special message about their honored veteran. Twitter users may share a Vote in Honor of a Veteran message with their followers.

Update Your Voter Information
While visiting the Secretary of State’s website to dedicate their votes, Secretary Husted encourages all voters to check their voter registrations and make sure they are up to date for the November Presidential Election. Voter registration/change of address forms can be found at www.MyOhioVote.com, as well as information about how to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.

Information for Active Military Voters
Finally, members of the military and their families are encouraged to visit Secretary Husted’s one-stop shop to help them participate fully in Ohio elections, even when they are away from home during the election at www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com. The Military Ready-to-Vote program, launched in August of last year, allows service members to both register and apply for an absentee ballot using one form, track their ballots and receive regular e-mail and/or social media updates with important elections information and deadlines.


For more information, please contact Alexis Zoldan at 614-466-7691 or azoldan@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.

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