Are elections in Ohio safe and secure?
“The frontline workers of our democracy”
Support frontline democracy workers! Many thanks to our local election officialswho face enormous obstacles in their work – from the challenges of holding an election during a pandemic to continually bearing the brunt of false allegations of voter fraud.
Election officials and election workers are the frontline workers of our democracy who work diligently to ensure that elections are safe, secure and fair for all.
Ohioans can trust elections because they are full of guarantees: 1) Bipartisan teams ensure that every vote counts and that every election is secure; 2) Federal and bipartisan experts test, review and certify that all voting materials are secure; 3) The equipment is securely stored and only accessible when unlocked together by Republican and Democratic election officials; 4) Voting machines are thoroughly tested by a bipartisan team to ensure they are working properly and are not connected to the internet; 5) All precincts have a bipartisan pool of poll workers and are open to media and poll watchers; and 6) After an election, each county holds a post-election audit to further ensure accuracy.
Every vote matters, and when you need to vote in the general election, you can do so with confidence that Ohio’s elections are fair, impartial, and accurate, and remember to thank your local election officials for moving forward. our democracy despite the challenges. they confront.
Cheryl Roller, League of Women Voters of Columbus
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Recognize invisible disabilities
When many of us hear the term “disability”, our first thought might be a person with a physical disability who uses a wheelchair, someone who walks with a cane, or someone who communicates by American Sign Language. These disabilities are easily recognizable. Others are not obvious.
Approximately 66 million Americans have invisible disabilities. An invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not readily apparent based on appearance. These could include terms such as depression, anxiety disorder, chronic pain, dyslexiaor other conditions that affect a person’s movement, senses, or endurance.
People with invisible disabilities can be accused of faking or exaggerating their conditions. A common example is a person using an accessible parking space but does not use a mobility device, such as a cane or wheelchair. Strangers may not realize that they have a medical condition that limits their endurance or causes difficulty in walking.
To raise awareness, Invisible Disabilities Week will be celebrated from October 16 to 22.
In recent years, according to Governor Mike DeWine’s Executive Order To make Ohio a disability-inclusive state and a model disability employer, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has expanded its reach to serve more Ohioans with disabilities, many of whom could be described as “invisible.”
We also work with over 700 employer partners to promote and support the hiring of people with disabilities. More workplaces include employees with invisible disabilitiesbut many choose not to disclose their conditions
Recognizing invisible disabilities in the workplace is valuable for employers, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities can help provide services and resources that promote an inclusive, diverse, and accessible work environment.
Show your support for Invisible Disabilities Week by wearing blue, or better yet, remember to be kind to others. You never know who might have an invisible disability that impacts their daily life. If you want to get started with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, visit OODWorks.com.
Kevin L. Miller, director, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and Kim Jump, chief communications officer, Office of Communications