Election Resources and Support

Election Resources and Support for Faculty and Staff

A collaboration between Ohio State's Employee Assistance Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Student Life, OSU Votes, Your Plan for Health, and the Ohio State University Health Plan

Help Ohio State live out its motto of Education for Citizenship this November and make your voice heard.

We want to ensure that Buckeyes are supported in exercising their right to vote. We also recognize that, between news, social media, and current events, this election season can feel more stressful than ever. Below you will find information on voting options, wellness resources that you can access, and educational programming and resources.

Educational and wellness events

DATE

Event

Sponsored by:

October 26, 12:30 PM

Chair Yoga

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

October 27, 11:00 AM

Political Conversations in the Workplace Webinar

EAP, ODI, IMPACT Solutions

October 27, 7:00 PM

How does social activism impact government panel

USG, ODI, SL Social Change

October 29, 11:30 AM

Mindful Emotion Management

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

October 30, 12:00 PM

Virtual Mindfulness Walk

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

ELECTION WEEK

Extra Day-Of and Week-Of counseling appointments for employees

EAP

November 4, 11:00 AM

Mindful Emotions Management

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

November 5, 12:00 PM

Virtual Mindfulness Walk

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

November 6, 11:00 AM Post-Election Employee Check-in

EAP

November 6, 12:30 PM

Chair Yoga

Your Plan for Health; OSU Health Plan Health Coach

How to Vote

We want every Buckeye to be able to say O-H-I-Voted this year. Email OSU Votes at osuvotes@osu.edu with any questions you have about how to vote this year.

  • If you want to vote absentee in Ohio, you will need to fill out the paper absentee ballot request form. You can download this form from voteohio.gov and mail it in to your county board of elections.

  • You can complete an absentee ballot request form and drop it off in an OSU Votes drop box, which can be found at the Ohio Union Information Desk, Ohio Union Resource Room and Hale Black Cultural Center. Visit go.osu.edu/osuvotes for a complete listing of drop box locations.

  • All absentee ballot request forms must be received by the Board of Elections at noon on Saturday, October 31, and all ballots must be signed and postmarked by Monday, November 2. If anyone needs a stamp for their absentee ballot, OSU Votes has made them available at the Ohio Union Information Desk.

  • We know that, whether due to concerns about mail-in voting or other reasons, you may prefer to vote in person. In Ohio, early voting is underway now through November 2. You can find out your county's early voting center location and the voting center's hours at voteohio.gov.

Whether you vote early or on Election Day, you will need to have at least one form of proper voter identification. For Ohio, that includes an unexpired driver's license or Ohio ID, an unexpired military ID, OR a paper copy of a current utility bill or bank account. Ohio has granted an exemption for anyone whose ID expired after the pandemic began to close BMVs in March. Find out more here

If you are voting on Election Day, you need to check your polling location. Employees who are registered to vote in Ohio can confirm their polling location using the link below. All of these locations will be following an increased cleaning protocol in alignment with Secretary of State LaRose's guidance to make sure people can vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Voting Resources

Even with absentee ballot and early voting options, getting to the polls can still be a challenge, especially if your work hours overlap with the polls.

  • Make a plan to vote with family members and friends. You are more likely to stick to it. And celebrate after.

  • Does your work schedule conflict with voting hours? We want to ensure Buckeyes are supported to make plans that allow them to complete their work duties and fulfill their civic duty.

  • Supervisors, support your employees by helping them to make arrangements so that they can vote without barriers.

In response to concerns from boards of elections about ensuring that a sufficient number of people are available to serve as poll workers, Ohio State is permitting university employees to serve as poll workers during work hours on November 3, 2020. The employee will not be required to use vacation leave and will be paid a maximum of eight hours of regular pay at their regular rate.

Watch: Political Conversations in the Workplace

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