Absentee and In-Person Voting Starts Tomorrow, Feb. 19

While big primary contests have yet to happen, early voting starts in Ohio tomorrow. Don’t wait until primary election day (March 17, by the way) to vote. Download and print this flyer from the Knox County Board of Elections that lists the times available for voting in person and information about absentee voting. Ask for a Democratic ballot and vote:

  • Your choice of Democratic nominee for President
  • Representative to Congress (7th District): Write-in Quentin Potter (you must fill in the oval and write in “Quentin Potter” — see illustration)
  • Justice of the Supreme Court: John P. O’Donnell
  • Justice of the Supreme Court: Jennifer Brunner
  • Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District): William B. Hoffman
  • State Representative (68th District): Steven F. Mount
Picture of Sample Write-in Ballot

How to write-in Quentin Potter as Representative to Congress. Fill in the oval, write in Quentin Potter.


Even though it is your right to decide when you want to vote, more than 1.7 million Ohio voters were removed from voter registration files by local county boards of elections because of inactivity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged voters because they chose not to vote. Were you one of the 1.7 million purged?

To check your voter registration before the next election, visit Knox County Board of Elections or I Will Vote. (Remember to use your formal registration name when you search.)

If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book, thanks to an ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot. Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot. If any problems should arise, call Knox County BOE at 740-393-6716 immediately.

Steve Mount for Ohio House of Representatives 68th District

Steve Mount is the Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives from the 68th District (eastern Delaware County and Knox County), running unopposed in this March’s primary. He has been active in Democratic politics for decades, in New York, campaigning for John Glenn for president in 1984, and in Delaware County since relocating to Ohio in 1985. This is his first attempt at elective office.

Why is he running? Steve offers this thoughtful explanation,

There are many reasons I am running for election to the Ohio House of Representatives. As a moderate Democrat, I believe I would offer voters of my district a choice of supporting strong family values and common sense policies that would improve their day-to-day lives.
Improving healthcare, enacting common-sense gun legislation (as Governor DeWine has proposed), and addressing the effects of climate change before it is too late are all issues I would champion in the legislature.
As a moderate, I would also work to bridge the bitter partisan divide that plagues our state and country. Establishing more of a balance in the legislature would help, as would calling a “truce” on the cultural issues that accomplish nothing but deepen mistrust. Even today, there is common ground, and focusing on that agenda could start to rebuild working relationships while actually accomplishing something that benefits the voters.

Steve practices as a tax lawyer with the Columbus office of a global law firm. His practice focuses on community development financings which encourage investment in low-income communities in Ohio and across the United States.

He has written books on two principal community development programs, The Rehabilitation Tax Credit and The New Markets Tax Credit, and is the author of several articles on Opportunity Funds and other topics. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers.

Steve graduated, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979 and, summa cum laude, from Muskingum College in 1976. He was born in Nelsonville, Ohio.

He has lived in Genoa Township with his wife Kathleen since 1985. They have three daughters and one son, and two grandchildren. In addition to politics, his interests include running and climbing.

Election Day for the 2020 primary is March 17. Early voting begins on February 19.

Write-in for Congress: Quentin Potter

Last December, Democrats in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District were despondent. The incumbent Republican, U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs, was running unopposed for his re-election bid in 2020. But then, a Democrat from Stark County woke up one morning and decided this prospect was unacceptable. He filed a petition to become the write-in candidate for the Democratic primary ballot. He may not think he’s heroic but we do.

Quentin Potter speaking at a Democratic group in the Ohio 7th

Who is the mystery write-in man? Quentin Potter. We’re happy to share that he’s eminently qualified, personable, and very much worth the effort to pen in his name on your ballot this March.

According to his biography, which we excerpt here from his Facebook page:

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Quentin has lived in the 7th District since 2011, when he was named Vice President and Treasurer at Lorain County Community College and moved to Avon. In 2014, he and his wife, who was born in Canton and grew up in Marlboro Township, relocated to the area to assist in caring for her mother. Although officially retired after almost 30 years in Ohio’s public sector, Quentin continued to work at the request of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management as the director’s representative on several financial oversight commissions in northeast Ohio. In this role, Quentin brought his financial leadership experience to assist communities and school districts resolve financial issues.

Quentin’s background includes not only executive experience; as a young man, he worked with UPS (as a member of the Teamsters) and managed a full service gas station for several years before returning to college and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He knows from personal experience the value of higher education, putting himself through school via jobs in retail and sales.

Quentin carries with him the independence and perseverance characteristic of many with Appalachian heritage. His parents were both from Eastern Kentucky, where several generations of Potters lived and worked, and, as a boy, Quentin spent time each summer at his grandmother’s small farm in the hills. His public service furthered an inherent understanding of the disparate circumstances facing Americans and an appreciation for the role of a well-run government in addressing people’s needs and creating opportunities.

In 1996, Quentin married Cynthia Burnell at Werner’s United Methodist Church in Stark County, the same church where Cynthia’s parents married 50 years earlier. They currently live in Plain Township with their 2 cats and spend time almost every day walking (Cynthia) and running (Quentin) on the nearby Stark Park trails. Quentin is a committed runner, having completed 13 marathons. He plans to incorporate his running into his campaign by finding local races throughout the district as a way to get to know communities and voters more directly.

About, Quentin Potter

At our January meeting, attended by Quentin, KCDP voted to endorse his candidacy, as well as that of Steve Mount, who is running for Ohio House (more on Steve soon).

Never written-in a candidate on your ballot before? Neither have we! But it is super easy. To vote for a write‐in candidate: completely darken the oval () to the left of the blank line and write in the candidate’s name. See example below:

Bookmark this page so you can remember how to write in Quentin Potter. Let’s show Rep. Bob Gibbs that we’re not just rolling over and letting him win. Vote Quentin: write him in!

Registration Deadline Date: February 18, 2020
Absentee Voting: Begins February 19, 2020
Absentee Voting Location:
117 East High Street, 2nd Floor, Room 252, Mount Vernon, OH

Primary Election Day: March 17, 2020