The 2018 Elections Are Critical:
We’re Voting for Our Lives!
We may not be electing a president this November, but we are electing members of Congress, a governor and other state officials, state legislators, judges, and local leaders, all of whom make or influence laws and policies that directly affect our access to:
- Affordable health care
- LGBTQ rights
- Voting rights
- Racial justice
- Abortion rights
- Humane immigration procedures
- Quality education
So if you think midterm elections aren’t that important … think again!
You Must Register by October 9 to Vote on November 6!
The Ohio voter registration deadline for the November election is October 9.
Not registered to vote?
- Register online at myohiovote.com.
- Register at any Equitas Health Office from September 4 to October 9.
- Confirm your registration and polling place at myohiovote.com to avoid having to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day.
Once you’re registered, visit your county board of election website to:
- Learn what issues, offices, and candidates are on your ballot;
- Vote early! All Ohioans can vote early on weekdays beginning October 10, and on weekends beginning October 27. Find out where on your county board of election website;
- Request an absentee (mail in) ballot. Deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on November 3. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 5.
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What’s at stake in this election?
Issue 1: The Safe and Healthy Ohio Amendment!
If it passes, the Safe and Healthy Ohio Amendment will increase public safety by shifting money and people out of the prison system and into healing services. The four key principals of the proposed amendment are:
- Earned credit can encourage rehabilitation,
- Addiction alone should not land someone in prison,
- Probation violations should not result in a prison sentence,
- Re-investing in healing will result in increased safety.
There are several health-related issues that we expect the next Congress to consider:
- The future of 340B, the drug pricing program that shifts drug manufacturer profits to healthcare providers like Equitas Health, allowing us to stretch scarce federal resources and offer more programs in more Equitas Health offices throughout the state.
- The Affordable Care Act, which decreased the number of uninsured Ohioans—many of whom were LGBTQ folks—by 50%.
- Changes to entitlement programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
- Immigration reform.
In addition, our State Legislature continues to consider:
- “The Parents’ Rights Act,” which would require teachers and counselors to “out” trans youth.
- “The Pastor Protection Act,” which reaffirms religious leaders’ existing first amendment rights not to perform weddings that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
- Changes to the Medicaid program, including Medicaid expansion.
- Further restrictions on abortion access.