Ohio State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 7 to discuss automatic voter registration renewal.
Rep. Sweeney said that in Ohio, lawmakers are developing an automatic method to renew a legal voter’s registration using an opt-out method. By this, she means that every time a voter’s registration is about to expire, it will automatically renew. Voters can opt-out of the renewals, indicating that they would not like to participate in the elections. Rep Sweeney said that the benefits of the automatic renewal are that it will ensure that voters are registered to vote come election season, rather than some voters having their registration expire because they forgot to renew it on time, thus preventing them from participating. With some states having voter purging if a person does not participate in an election in a specific time frame, the automatic renewal method will keep voters registered as long as they wish to be, allowing them to participate in elections whenever they want.
Dorsey Hager, executive director of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke about the Sherwin Williams HQ being built using union labor in Cleveland, Ohio. He said that if Sherwin Williams HQ were to be built union, it could sway other major companies, such as Amazon, to use union labor for construction, thus bringing more work and exposure to the trades and apprenticeships. Hager also explained the importance of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and how the ability to unionize and bargain for contracts protects workers and their quality of work.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the PRO Act passing in the House of Representatives, and minimum wage increases in Ohio.
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