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The Importance of Registering to Vote


As legal practitioners, we at Rourke and Blumenthal LLC have a keen interest in ensuring only the most qualified judges and leaders are elected to office. This will not happen unless our fellow Ohioans are registered to vote, especially young adults. As such, our team of Columbus personal injury lawyers are strong advocates of honoring our civic duty as free Americans by exercising our right to vote.

If you or the members of your family have not yet registered to vote, or if you have moved since last registering, we urge you to re-register and make sure you are ready to make your voice heard during the upcoming election. Additionally, if you have not voted since 2008, you may need to re-register regardless of whether or not you have moved. A massive purge of voter rolls has been conducted by the secretary of state, meaning that your registration may have been affected even if you have not relocated.

How Can I Register to Vote?

The United States is one of just a handful of democracies which places the duty to register on the individual rather than the government. Millions of people do not vote during every election because they miss the registration deadline or do not know how to register. The deadline to register is October 11th, 2016. If you are not registered by this time, your vote will not count!

To check your registration online, click here.

If you have moved and need to update your address, click here.

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You are a United States citizen.
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
  3. You will be an Ohio resident for at least 30 days immediately prior to the election in which you want to vote.
  4. You are not incarcerated for a felony conviction.
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting by a probate court.
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus personal injury attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal LLC have been fighting to protect the rights of injured clients for more than 75 years combined, having secured millions in verdicts and settlements along the way. If you have any further questions about how to register to vote, or have been injured by another party’s negligence, we urge you to contact our office online or call us today at (614) 321-3212.

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