Election Countdown – Keep moving AHEAD!


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The election is drawing near! Here’s how to keep informed, volunteer, and make sure your vote counts!

Keep Informed:

  • AHEAD: Facebook group, website, email
  • Hardin County Democrats:  Facebook page, website, email
    • Headquarters: 1 N Detroit St., Kenton
    • Hours: 12-6 T-F, 12-8 Th, 10-2 Saturday. Closed Mondays except November 2: open that day 12-6.
  • Allen County Democrats: Facebook page, website
    • Headquarters: 1056 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima
    • Hours: 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm M, W, F, and Sat
  • Bluffton Democrats: Facebook page
    • Headquarters: 218 E. Elm St., Bluffton
    • Hours: 6-8 pm Weds


Efforts are organized locally and at the state level. You can participate in all!

  • Volunteer here for Allen County-focused efforts through Election Day. Activities include phonebanking, textbanking, no-knock lit drops, and following up on absentee ballots by contacting voters who’ve requested them, to make sure they’re mailed in.
  • Volunteer here for Hardin County-focused efforts through Election Day. Activities include phonebanking and textbanking.
  • Find activities organized by the Ohio Democratic Party and Biden campaign on the Mobilize platform. Events are sorted by location but anyone can join
  • Voter protection efforts for the election are organized by a coalition including the League of Women Voters and ACLU. Lots of virtual and in-person ways to volunteer, from social media monitoring to staffing the election hotline.
  • Ohio’s Supreme Court race is critical: Our candidates are Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John O’Donnell. Send postcards to voters encouraging them to support these candidates: get involved by texting JOIN to 484-275-2229. Effort is organized by the national group Postcards to Voters; this campaign is #216.
  • Check out all our candidates: We are lucky to have many great individuals on the Democratic ticket, including candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Nick Rubando (District 5) and Shannon Freshour (District 4). Find out more about them and get in touch with their campaigns.

Make Your Vote Count

The Ohio Democratic Party has great resources on voting, including FAQS on who can vote and what ID you need.

  • Tip: if you vote early, you only need your Social Security Number.
  • They also have the Democratic sample ballots: Allen County here, Hardin County here.
  • Watch out for the Ohio Supreme Court candidates, who aren’t on the partisan section of the ballot. Dems support Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John O’Donnell, who are running for separate seats.
  • For Hardin County, remember to write in Mary Harshfield for the 83rd House District: She is running against Jon Cross. 

We can vote by mail, vote in person before Election Day or vote in person on Election Day. Check your registration status here. More voting guidance on the Secretary of State’s site.

  • Track ballot here.
  • Filling out absentee ballots can be tricky: remember to sign! Tips here.
  • Early voting times are here.
  • Info on COVID safety precautions here.
  • If we have requested an absentee ballot but want to vote in person, we can do this during early voting by bringing in our absentee ballot to the board of elections and exchanging it. Details here.

We hope it will be smooth. If you have questions or issues at the polls, here are some actions you can take:

  • Call 844-OH-I-VOTE (844-644-8683). This number is staffed by the Ohio Democratic Party.
  • Call the Election Protection Hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE, the nation’s largest non-partisan hotline. Details here.
  • If there’s disruption or intimidation: call local law enforcement.
And, help others: get involved in voter protection efforts organized by a coalition including the League of Women Voters and ACLU.

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