Down the Ballot Voting: A Thing You Can Do If You Want To

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-9You know that mom who in your neighborhood that you try at all costs to avoid, but she power-walks with little pink dumbbells up to your window when you’re backing out of the driveway to remind you to remind your mother to vote for the next chair of the Homeowners Association?

I am her, only instead little pink dumbbells, I’m doubling-fisting cups of coffee, and instead of being concerned about your mother’s enfranchisement in the Cul-de-sac of Broken Dreams you live in, I’m concerned about you being a proper soldier of democracy in the United States of America.

Too dramatic? Too bad.

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Local Elections



If you are registered to vote here in Knox County, be sure to read up on all the local elections before casting your vote tomorrow. If you missed the Collegian last week, here is the link to a bio of most of the local candidates. To vote in Gambier go to the Community Center at 115 Meadow Lane and don’t forget to bring a copy of your utility bill (sent out by the Accounting Office via e-mail last week) as proof of residency!

Today is the Day

I see you’re tried of the election…

The day you’ve all been waiting for to be over is finally here. This means that your mother will stop sending you emails reminding you: “Honey, Ohio is a swing state. You’ve got to remind your friends to vote!” But she’s right, damn it! For most of us, this is the first presidential election that we can vote in, and, as lame as it sounds, it’s an important rite of passage. After all these years, you can contribute to that famous democratic process of ours, and I don’t care if you have to hitchhike to the polls and stand in the rain to do it (Note: Hitchhiking is actually probably a bad idea). If nothing else, it gives you the right to complain about things that I don’t really understand for the next four years. And let’s be honest, we all love to complain.

Need more inspiration? Watch this moving little YouTube video.

Going to Early Vote? Take Along an Election Guide!

Click the image to see a larger version!

Voting is great, but uninformed voting isn’t quite as cool. Make sure you know about the issues before you get to the polling place by consulting the Collegian‘s voter guide, provided here in handy digital form. (If you still can’t read it after clicking the image, you can view it as a PDF here.)The guide will tell you about state and local candidates, ballot issues, tax levies, and even lists the hours for early voting at the Knox County Board of Elections on High Street in Mount Vernon. One more helpful thing: Click here and type in your name to check your registration status and see a sample ballot, so you’ll know just what to expect in the voting booth.

This Should Be Your Next Cover Photo: Vote Early

No matter who you’re voting for, voting early ensures that you won’t forget on Election Day or get held up by long lines. Just visit the Board of Elections office in Mount Vernon and get it out of the way now! The Kenyon Dems have all the details on voting hours and shuttle service to the office, regardless of your party affiliation. If you’re not registered yet, visit the Board of Elections by Tuesday (the deadline) in order to register on site.

A great way to remind yourself and your friends to vote early is with this custom-designed cover photo from the Obama campaign. That little arrow will point right at your profile picture!

Proof of Residence Required to Early Vote

You must have proof of residence to early vote (or vote at all). Prove your residence by printing out the letter that was emailed to you by In order to early vote, you must also have the last 4 digits of your social security number (though really, you should have the whole thing memorized by now).

The Kenyon Democrats and Kenyon Republicans, along with Erin Ciarimboli of Community Service Programs, are co-sponsoring a shuttle to the Knox County Board of Elections in Mount Vernon (where early voting is held) today. Shuttles will leave from Peirce from 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. and from 3:00 — 5:50 p.m.

If you can’t make it today, the Kenyon Dems guarantee anyone a ride to the Board of Elections through Nov. 2, when early voting ends. Email them for details!

If you have yet to register to vote, you can go to the Board of Elections through Oct. 9 to register and vote simultaneously.