Government

E-Book Details State’s Role in Presidential Elections

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has long been a key state in presidential elections and a new e-book authored by the office of the Secretary of State explains just what the state’s role is and how it came to be.

“Ohio: Pathway to the Presidency” is available for free through the Apple Store, Secretary of State John Husted announced Monday. The book features four chapters explaining the state’s past role in elections, the impact of demographics, this year’s ballot and biographies of the eight Ohioans to become President.

“It’s important that we have an engaged and educated electorate, especially in Ohio where the hopes of presidential candidates rise and fall,” Husted said in a release. “We want people to register, we want people to be involved and we want people to vote. This is a new and innovative way we can approach our young people and lay the groundwork for civic engagement among Ohio’s future decision-makers.”

On election night, the e-book will feature a live feed relaying election results as they become available. It also features several quizzes.

The book, published at no cost to taxpayers, was written by a collaboration between secretary of state staff and Jason LaMar of Columbus State Community College. Ohio History Connection provided historical documents that are featured in the book.

“The educational components are excellent and I am confident that Ohio students will enjoy using the iBook as they learn more about Ohio history, voting and why being an informed and engaged citizen is so important,” said Ohio History Connection director of community and government relations Todd Kleismit.

With the school year recently begun, the secretary of state office said it would work with schools to incorporate the book into curricula statewide.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.