YWCA encourages early voting

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Election Day in Ohio is Nov. 4.

Voters will choose a new governor, among other races and issues on the ballot. But the process starts with being registered to vote.

In Mahoning County, there are 167,281 registered voters. And on Tuesday morning, the YWCA of Youngstown helped add one more during a voter registration drive as part of National Voter Registration Day. This is the first year that the YWCA has participated.

“Every voice counts. You might think that you are just one person, but you’re not. We all add up and we each get to say what we want to say when we cast our vote,” Elise Skolnick of the YWCA said.

The push is to get voters registered before the deadline, which in Ohio is Oct. 6. Organizers said it is part of the YWCA’s effort to follow its mission and help the community.

“We realize the importance of having your voice heard. We see it as an empowerment issue for women,” Varada Bhide of the YWCA said.

And they hope it also encourages those who live, work or take advantage of the services provided within the YWCA to vote either on Nov. 4 or earlier. 

“I think if we start talking about the election now, it starts people thinking about whether they want to do early voting or vote on Election Day,” Skolnick said. “Women in particular need to be able to do that, too. They need to know that they can talk about what they need to talk about, women’s issues, children’s issues, family issues. Anything that is important to them. This is a way of doing that.”

Early voting in Ohio starts on Sept. 30.

The YWCA of Youngstown will continue to educate the public on politics this Friday as part of its 7th annual Women’s Leadership Conference.

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