As Early Voting Kicks Off, Ohio Democrats Keep Focus On Young Voters

Ohio Democratic Party To Tour College Campuses With “Orange Is The New Black” Stars

COLUMBUS — As early voting starts in Ohio and with Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama making stops in the Buckeye State this week, the Ohio Democratic Party is continuing its outreach to millennial voters with a college tour featuring stars from Netflix’s original series, “Orange Is The New Black.”

“Because we know Ohio’s election will be close — just like it always is — we are working hard to turn out every single Democratic voter, and that includes many young people who study at Ohio’s colleges and universities,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “There are so many issues at stake in this election — climate change, criminal justice reform, college affordability and student debt relief — that Ohio students care about. We want to make sure young Ohioans have the opportunity to make their voices heard, and that’s why we’re doing this college tour with our friends from ‘Orange Is The New Black.’”

On Friday and Saturday, cast members will speak with students at the following universities:

  • Denison University

  • Kenyon College

  • University of Akron

  • Kent State University

  • Bowling Green State University

  • University of Toledo

Cast members of “Orange Is The New Black” previously recorded a video for the Ohio Democratic Party to encourage Ohioans to register and get ready to vote. Piper Kerman, whose memoir was the inspiration for the series, is a resident of Columbus, and she teaches writing classes at Marion Correctional Institution and the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

Earlier this year NPR listed Ohio as one of the 10 states where millennials could sway the election, noting that Ohio has nearly 400 institutions of higher education.

In 2015, statehouse Republicans attempted to block Ohio college students from voting by inserting language into the state budget that would have required them to get an Ohio driver’s license. Ohio Democrats fought back against that proposal, and Gov. John Kasich eventually line-item vetoed the measure.

Secretary Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of 18,500 on Monday at The Ohio State University. President Barack Obama will be the special guest at the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual State Dinner in Columbus tomorrow, and he will headline a rally in Cleveland on Friday.