Voting

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
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If you have an Ohio driver’s license but are not registered to vote, you should be getting something in your mailbox soon from Ohio’s elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state’s voter rolls system is now linked with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database, so he’s now able to make sure Ohio drivers can be voters if they want.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Ohio's elections chief says nearly 70,000 votes have been cast ahead of the swing state's March 15 primary contests.

Registered voters in Ohio can cast ballots by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says an informal survey of county elections boards on Friday shows almost 239,000 absentee ballot applications have been received statewide. His office says 118,542 requested Republican ballots and 111,712 request Democratic ones. Others requested Green Party or issues-only ballots.

The Clark County Board of Elections has named Thomas Wilson as its new director.

The board unanimously approved Wilson on Wednesday over three other finalists to replace Matthew Tlachac who resigned after accepting a position with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office last month.

Tlachac served as director since 2012.  He replaced fellow Democrat Mark Oster, who retired. 

63-year-old Wilson will start on Monday with an annual salary of $52,000. It will be raised to $56,000 after 90 days.

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The state’s elections chief says he needs lawmakers to approve an online voter registration process, but a Democrat who might run for his position says she disagrees.

 

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A Democratic State lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would prevent the Secretary of State from removing many people from voter rolls.

Representative Kathleen Clyde says her bill would not allow the state’s top election official to purge voters for failing to vote often enough or failing to update their addresses.

"In Ohio, in the last five years, roughly two million voters have been purged. This is the most aggressive purging in the country."

Dayton League of Women Voters Creates Spanish Language Voter Guide

Sep 30, 2015
Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt and Ramon Perez at the Dayton League Office
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The Dayton chapter of the League of Women Voters is known for its nonpartisan voter guide issued before every general election. The guide contains all of the candidates and issues on the ballot for Montgomery and Greene Counties.

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.

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.

Ohio's governor has used his line-item-veto pen to strike a provision that Democrats claimed would discourage out-of-state college students from voting in the swing state.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's veto leaves in place a 30-day deadline for new residents to get an Ohio driver's license and register their vehicles here, along with the penalties they could face if they don't.

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Ohio's elections chief says a review by his office found that 145 non-citizens were registered to vote, with 27 casting ballots in previous elections in the battleground state.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said Thursday that those who voted have been referred to the state's attorney general for further investigation.

Husted told reporters at a news conference that there's no evidence suggesting that the non-citizens' votes impacted the outcomes of 70 recent nail-biting contests.

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