Will your vote count? Watch recording of DDN Community Conversation on how you can make sure it does

The Dayton Daily News held a virtual Community Conversation examining the ways voting has changed during the coronavirus pandemic and answering questions about how to make sure your ballot is counted.

Community Impact Editor Amelia Robinson and Statehouse Bureau Reporter Laura Bischoff hosted Community Conversation: Will Your Vote Count? Tuesday night on the Dayton Daily News' Facebook page. You can watch it here.

Panelists included:

Jan Kelly, director of Montgomery County Board of Elections

Merle Madrid, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s chief of staff

Jen Miller, executive director of League of Women Voters of Ohio

Derrick Foward, president of the NAACP Dayton unit.

“We at the Dayton Daily News believe it is our duty to help you make informed voting decisions and to keep watch over the voting process,” Editor Jim Bebbington said. “That’s something we’ve always done, and something we’re committed to doing again this year.”

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The newspaper has hosted monthly Community Conversations since this past summer, with previous talks on police-community relationships, reopening the economy, going back to school during the pandemic and the impact of the shutdown on local arts groups.

Dayton Daily News staff members also held two virtual candidate forums:

  • Candidate forum: Bebbington and Reporter Eric Schwartzberg hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 1 with Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani and Democratic challenger Mark Fogel. They are running for the Ohio 6th Senatorial District.
  • Candidate forum: Dayton Daily News Reporter Chris Stewart and Susan Hesselgesser, executive director of the League of Women Voters, held a candidate forum on Oct. 2 for the Montgomery County Commission race. Incumbent Democrats Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman, and Republican Bob Matthews will participate. Lieberman is running against Matthews. Dodge is running against Republican Arlene Setzer, who declined to participate in the forum.

“The candidate forums are so important and we appreciate the candidates who are joining us for these nontraditional, virtual events,” Bebbington said. “We’ll be fielding questions from our readers during the sessions, and we hope they help our readers make their best choices in the upcoming election.”

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