“You’ll have a lot of Sunday liquor sales ordinances and smaller things a lot of times in those special elections that are, you know, important to the individuals who they affect but aren’t as big statewide issue like abortion rights,” Sky Pettey, chair of the Athens County Board of Elections said.
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Patterson has recently been canvassing and going door to door for his own re-election, but he’s also been reminding voters about Issues 1 and 2.
Since the university receives federal funding, it’s required to implement a program that prevents the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse by students, faculty and staff. If Issue 2 passes, it would not affect OU’s current marijuana policy because it’s not a federal law.
Low voter turnout was a heated topic of discussion, with Krane pushing for more student voter engagement while Patterson argued that many students are staying engaged by voting in their hometowns rather than Athens.
House Bill 458, which was passed earlier this year, limits the eligible documents required to vote. Ohio University out-of-state residents will be required to obtain an interim Ohio ID to be able to vote in Ohio.