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Time is running out for Ohioans to register to vote in the November election.

The deadline to register is Oct. 5. There are three statewide issues on the ballot. Issue One changes the process for redistricting. Issue Two would make it harder for monopolies to be inserted in the constitution. And Issue three would legalize marijuana in Ohio.

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A Springboro school board has planned a vote to raze a former school building where more than 5,000 people vote.


The Dayton Daily News reports the board is expected to decide Tuesday evening on the former Jonathan Wright School building, which now houses the Living Waters Lutheran Church and Springboro Community Action Center.


If the building is demolished, the election on Nov. 3 would be the last time voters from seven precincts could cast their ballots at the former school.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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State lawmakers seem to be moving closer to changing the process by which citizen activists – including business owners – can put constitutional amendments before voters.

Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina said the worries about the constitution being too easy to change go back to long before the latest proposal that would put the legalization of marijuana, along with 10 growing sites, before voters.


The Ohio House has passed a measure that would move the presidential primary in Ohio to March 15 instead of earlier in the month. The change is because of a Republican National Committee rule. It would not allow the state to have a winner-takes-all status on its primary votes if the election were held earlier in March.

But not all Republicans are happy with the move. Tom Zawistowski says many want proportional voting because it gives more conservative candidates an opportunity to win.

Following Agreement, Early Voting Will Be Easier For Ohioans

Apr 20, 2015
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Ohio may see an end to the long debate over early voting access after advocates reached a deal with the state’s top elections official. 

Ohio voters have more opportunities to vote early and in-person starting this November because of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. 

The expanded schedule includes a full work week where polls will be open until 7 p.m. And Mike Brickner with the ACLU says voters will also have another Sunday open for voting during next year’s presidential election.

Bills Would Let Ohioans Register To Vote Online

Feb 19, 2015
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Residents in swing state Ohio could register to vote online under separate proposals introduced in the Legislature.

One measure from state Sen. Frank LaRose would direct the state to implement an online registration system. Residents could also still register using the current paper process.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has long supported online voter registration. He praised the Senate bill's introduction Wednesday, saying in a statement that it would save the state money.

The organization that represents elections officials throughout Ohio has not taken a position on the federal court’s most recent ruling on changes to the state’s elections laws. Last week the court ordered the state to go back to some of the early voting options that were in place in 2010, but have since been eliminated by new laws. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted plans to appeal the ruling, but Aaron Oeckerman with the Ohio Association of Election Officials says his group didn’t ask Husted to do that.


School levies are among the biggest issues on the ballot in the upcoming November 5, 2013 election. Ohio schools depend on these levies as an essential funding stream, and many are facing new or additional levies that can be difficult to pass.

Money for Ohio’s public schools comes from three sources: federal funds, state funds, and local tax levies.

“Levies then become the source really of their chief operating funds,” explains Mark Smith of Cedarville University. “For most cases those local schools are very dependent upon those local property taxes.”

The results from Tuesday’s special election in Ohio are still unofficial as provisional and absentee ballots continue to be counted, and though it varies from precinct to precinct, and county to county, voter turnout overall was expectedly low.

Voters in 23 Ohio counties decided on 28 issues. 19 of those were school tax levies. But no matter if an issue passed or failed, it was still decided on by a reletively few number of people who had the ability to participate in the decision making process.

The Ohio Secretary of State has made changes to the office’s website designed to make it easier for Ohio voters to update and check on their voting status. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted talks about the upgrades to the office’s internet site.