FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 23, 2015
Secretary of State Jon Husted Marks Democracy Day, Kicks Off Grads Vote During Lordstown High School Visit
Secretary Husted addresses Lordstown High School students during an event earlier today.
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today addressed approximately 250 students at Lordstown High School, commemorating Democracy Day. The event also served as a kick off for Grads Vote 2015, an annual outreach program organized by the Secretary of State.
“An informed and engaged electorate is one of the most important components in preserving our democracy for future generations,” Secretary Husted said. “By instructing our students from a young age on the rights and responsibilities they have as citizens, we can help put them on the path toward active civic engagement.”
Both Democracy Day and Grads Vote are initiatives designed to increase the number of 18-year-olds who register to vote and participate in elections. Democracy Day, launched in 2009 by Rock the Vote, educates students about elections and the importance of their participation in that process. Grads Vote is an outreach effort promoted by the Secretary of State’s office that provides every graduating high school senior with information on becoming an active voter.
Since taking office, Secretary Husted has sent voter information packets to roughly 465,000 high school seniors through the Grads Vote program. The Secretary of State’s Office will begin the 2015 outreach in the coming weeks. Currently, there are currently 4,566 18-year-olds registered to vote in Ohio.
The deadline to register to vote in this year’s May 5th Primary Election is April 6, 2015, and the deadline for the November 5th General Election is October 5, 2015. To become a registered voter, a person must complete a voter registration form and meet the following requirements:
- Eighteen years-old on or before the next General Election;
- A citizen of the United States;
- A resident of Ohio at least 30 days before the election in which they want to vote;
- Not incarcerated in jail or prison for a felony;
- Not declared incompetent for voting purposes by a court; and
- Not permanently denied the right to vote for violating election laws.