Betras: “Decisions are made by those who show up” — so vote

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Lawyer David Betras

Because this is my last opportunity to discuss Tuesday’s general election, I want to share some information and inspiration about our democracy.

I will not endorse any candidate or issue, as I am confident that most of my readers are aware of my political leanings and beliefs. But I want to encourage everyone, including those of you who disagree with me, to exercise your right to vote because, as the wise philosopher Jed Bartlet once said, “decisions are taken by those who present themselves”.

So please introduce yourself.

Here is the information segment of our program.

Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m. If you line up to vote at 7:30 p.m. or before, you will be allowed to vote.

If you don’t know the location of your polling station, you can search for it here.

If you want to take a look and study your constituency ballot in advance – which I always do – you can access it here.

Don’t want to wait until Tuesday to vote? You can advance vote in person at your local election commission from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The Mahoning County Board of Elections is located at 345 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown. Trumbull’s office is located at 2911 Youngstown Road SE, Warren. Do you live in Columbiana? Meet at 7989 Dickey Drive, Lisbon.

If you have an absentee ballot but have not yet returned it, it must be postmarked by Monday. If not returned by mail, ballots must be received by the Elections Office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. You can drop your ballot in the drop box located outside the election office or bring it to the office.

Under Ohio law, you must have a valid ID to vote. Acceptable forms include federal or state government-issued photo identification, bank statements, and utility bills. A full list is available here.

Here is the inspiring part of the show.

First, I know that some people are now questioning the integrity of our electoral process. I have been honored to serve as a member of the Mahoning County Board of Elections for over a decade, and can say unequivocally that voter fraud is a myth and that America’s elections are the most free and fair in the world. Period. End of the story.

If you’re looking for a reason to vote, maybe these quotes will motivate you to do your civic duty:

Civil rights hero John Lewis: “Voting is valuable. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “No one will ever disenfranchise the American people except the American people themselves and the only way to do that is to not vote.”

President Abraham Lincoln: “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

Thomas Jefferson: “We don’t have a majority government. We have a majority government that participates.

michelle obama: “So when you’re not voting, what you’re really doing is letting someone else take power over your own life.”

Writer/Editor George Jean Nathan: “Bad public servants are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.”

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison: “Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender. »

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “Democracy has been said to be the worst form of government except all the other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

The eminent lawyer and philosopher David Betras: “If you don’t vote, don’t bh.”

Now get out there and vote.

Attorney David Betras, senior partner at Betras, Kopp & Markota LLC., directs the firm’s non-litigation activities and practices criminal defense law in state and federal courts. He practiced law for 35 years. Do you have a legal question you would like answered here? Send it to [email protected]

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