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Election 2016

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

An effort to recruit poll workers is underway throughout the state.

Secretary of State Jon Husted is facing down big numbers in this election.

“We need over 35,000 poll workers at nearly 9,000 precinct locations across Ohio.”

Husted says he has no doubt they will get to that number, but he says it’s important to get people who can deal with technology, are properly trained and possess good attitudes. He thinks it’s possible to get all of the poll workers needed, along with some alternates, by working with businesses who encourage their employees to participate.

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Juliet Fromholt

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Ohio’s early voting laws.

 

The Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio Secretary of State John Husted after the elimination of what was known as “golden week” when Ohioans could both register and cast ballots at the same time.

 

On Tuesday, following the decision, Secretary Husted issued a statement saying Ohio remains one of the “easiest states in the nation in which to register and cast your ballot.”

 

April Laissle

Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s health became a focal point during running mate Tim Kaine’s visit to Dayton today.

The major topic of the rally at Stivers School for the Arts was college affordability, but the tone of the event shifted slightly during Former Governor Ted Strickland’s introduction speech.  

“Just let me say that I’ve known Senator Kaine for quite some time. He is a wonderfully prepared person to be the Vice President and to be the President, if that ever became necessary.” 

Andy Chow

A major national Democratic political group is canceling more ad spending in the Ohio Senate race as the state's former governor lags his well-funded Republican opponent.

Democratic ex-Gov. Ted Strickland was once considered among his party's best chances this year to unseat a sitting Republican, Sen. Rob Portman. But Strickland's campaign has failed to gain traction.

The Senate Majority PAC, Strickland's single largest source of outside support, is now canceling an additional three weeks of broadcast buys from Sept. 20 to Oct. 10. The ad buys totaled about $3 million.

Nick Castele/ideastream

The Democratic and Republican presidential nominees both made stops in Northeast Ohio on Labor Day with their running mates. Hillary Clinton held a rally in Cleveland, and Donald Trump spoke at a roundtable in Brook Park. 

Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine took the stage at Luke Easter Park on Cleveland’s east side Monday afternoon.

Clinton criticized Donald Trump throughout their remarks, speaking in a hoarse voice after a bout of coughing.

Juliet Fromholt

Voters in Ohio can soon request an absentee ballot for the fall presidential election.

The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted planned to mail absentee ballot applications to voters statewide this weekend.

Voters can fill out and return the applications to have their absentee ballots mailed to them ahead of Election Day.

Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is slated to begin on Oct. 12.

M.L. Schultze / WKSU

Eastern Ohio’s Trumbull County leans traditionally Democratic – but there’s  a lot of support this year for Donald Trump. And a handful of people were holding Trump signs outside the union hall where Joe Biden spoke.

But overall, it was friendly territory for the vice president – a United Autoworkers hall around the corner from the now-thriving GM plant saved by the auto-industry bailout.

Thousand gather at the Roberts Center in Wilmington to hear candidate Trump speak.
Jerry Kenney

At noon on Thursday, Donald Trump appeared before an enthusiastic crowd of thousands gathered at the Roberts Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Trump was introduced by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who criticized Hillary Clinton's track record as Secretary of State and her controversial dealings with the Clinton Foundation.

The candidate's main focus was the economy and trade deals.

“We’re going to negotiate fair trade deals that put American workers back to work, that put America first,” said Trump.

Andy Chow

A leading Democratic political action committee is canceling ad buys in the Ohio Senate race. It's the second major group to do so as Democrats increasingly appear to be losing hope of winning back the key state.

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