Why Ohio is Crucial in 2023 and 2024
There is a chance in November 2023 to ensure reproductive freedom in Ohio, through the “Ohio Right to Make Reproductive Decisions Including Abortion Initiative.” The initiative would amend the Ohio Constitution to protect the right to make and carry out one’s own decisions about abortion, contraception, fertility treatment, and more.
Building on the resounding August 8 victory rejecting Republicans’ attempt to thwart abortion rights, an intensive get-out-the-vote effort is now underway to support the reproductive freedom initiative. Voters whom our partner groups engage in 2023 are likely to remain engaged for crucial elections in 2024 and beyond.
Three U.S. House seats, currently held by Democrats Greg Landsman (CD-1), Marcy Kaptur (CD-9), and Emilia Sykes (CD-13) are expected to be very competitive and are must-holds for Democrats to be able to flip the U.S. House in 2024.
Ohio has enacted draconian voter suppression laws, resulting in thousands of people purged from the voter rolls for not voting regularly. A law passed this year limits acceptable IDs, shortens voting timelines, and restricts curbside voting and drop boxes, which makes it even more important that grassroots groups provide timely and accurate information to voters about registration and voting timelines and rules.
What Flip the Vote’s support means for 2023 and 2024:
Republicans currently control both the legislature and the executive branch in Ohio, but Republicans’ denial of reproductive rights is unpopular. This moment presents a real opportunity for our partner groups to reach out to people who haven’t been very involved before and who don’t think of themselves as political. As RWB puts it, “Not Political? No Problem!” All of our partner groups are on the ground right now, educating potential voters about how political issues – and the 2023 and 2024 elections, in particular – have a palpable impact on their everyday lives.
Flip the Vote has chosen to work with Freedom BLOC, RO, and RWB because of their individual strength as organizations, and because together they have the power to use relational organizing to activate three complementary and potentially game-changing demographics in Ohio: Black communities organized by The Freedom BLOC; rural voters organized by Rural Organizing.Org; and suburban women organized by Red Wine & Blue. These three organizations also collectively cover geographies that are essential for holding Sherrod Brown’s Senate seat and three key U.S. House seats (CD-1, CD-9, CD-13) in 2024.
Support from Flip the Vote now enables each of the groups to reach broadly and deeply, making real, one-on-one connections with people in their communities to educate them about the stakes of upcoming elections, to enlist them in taking action, and to provide a political home where they can stay involved for the long term.