We're accustomed in Ohio, long considered an important state for presidential elections, to feeling powerful when it comes to exercising our vote.

We're accustomed in Ohio, long considered an important state for presidential elections, to feeling powerful when it comes to exercising our vote.

Personal finance website WalletHub provides new data testifying to our collective political muscle. Turns out Ohio has the second most representative electorate when considering key demographic groups. Ohio voters come in just behind Virginia on the overall voter representation index, place third for racial representation and 10th in age representation. On the gender scale, Ohio falls to 36th most representative.

Demographics aside, anyone can vote for their favorite Columbus area businesses in the inaugural Dispatch Cbus Top Picks, and you can vote once a day through Oct. 30.

We've already counted the votes for Columbus CEO's 2016 Best of Business winners and runners-up, but you'll have to wait for our November issue to come out at the end of October to see the results. How many of last year's winners will repeat? Plan now to join us Nov. 9 to celebrate this year's honorees.

The presidential elections will undoubtedly impact healthcare policy, and four experts with insights on just how it might play out will be at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 26 for a panel presented by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Last day to register is Wednesday, Oct. 19. HPIO also has just released a new set of six fact sheets on Private Health Insurance Basics 2016.

Regardless of politics, many individuals, companies and organizations make an impact on our health in central Ohio every day. To make sure they are recognized, submit nominations in six categories for our 2017 Healthcare Achievement Awards. The deadline is Oct. 30. The 2016 winners were stellar!

Some providers don't focus just on improving health in their own areas of expertise. Brothers James and J. Lawrence Hutta are helping to fight breast cancer in their three orthodontic practices. Throughout October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the practices are donating $5 to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at OSU for every patient who chooses pink bands on their braces as part of the Huttas' Pink Smiles campaign.