For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2016
CLEVELAND – A minister, a former state Senator and a rapper joined forces today to announce a new voting rights committee that urges Ohioans to make sure they are properly registered – then vote early, absentee or in person on Nov. 8.
“In this election, there is too much voter apathy,’’ said Bishop Eugene Ward, who hosted the event at his Greater Love Missionary, Full Gospel Baptist Church in Cleveland. “I am especially concerned about the millennials and I have a message for them: Please get up and vote because this election will determine the course of your lives and your grandchildren’s lives.’’
He was joined by former Ohio Senator Nina Turner, who had harsh words for GOP legislators who passed laws to curb voting opportunities that are especially popular with African-Americans. On several occasions she singled our Secretary of State Jon Husted, who purged about 2 million voters from the rolls since he became Ohio’s chief elections official in 2011.
“Remember when President Obama said, “Don’t Boo, Vote,” Turner asked. “Well, when somebody purges 2 million voters you can boo AND Vote. But you MUST make sure you are registered. Even if you think you are registered verify your vote.’’
But it was rapper Ricardo Marshall who stole the show when he addressed the news conference with his original song, “Politics As Usual ’16 (Your Vote Is Yours)”:
Jon Husted said he’s just doing his job
But word to Nina Turner, it ain’t working
Ohio GOP it ain’t working, and I may be biased
But it’s one thing I know for certain
The people most affected look like just me
You can listen to the complete song here.
Marshall, 23, is a Columbus native who hopes his song will inspire millennials to vote.
He and Turner are part of the Let Ohio Vote Committee, a statewide panel dedicated to helping Ohioans navigate the state’s frequently changing voting laws. It includes college students, faith and civic leaders and election law experts
Turner urged all voters to confirm in advance they are properly registered, rather than risk being turned away on Election Day.
The last day to register is Oct. 11. Early voting starts Oct. 12.