Voting

Following Agreement, Early Voting Will Be Easier For Ohioans

Apr 20, 2015
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 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.

Columbia City Blog

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.

Bills Would Let Ohioans Register To Vote Online

Feb 19, 2015
Optical Mouse Shining
Jeremy Kemp

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.

Juliet Fromholt

Around the state, on the campaign trail and through the halls of the Statehouse, young Ohioans are playing a major role in their communities. The Millennial Generation is now the biggest demographic in America, even outnumbering Baby Boomers. Those born between 1980 and 2000 are becoming a bigger part of Ohio’s policymaking and election process.

Television Ads Pick Up In Ohio's Down-ticket Races

Oct 2, 2014
Juliet Fromholt

Television ads pick up in Ohio's down-ticket races

Juliet Fromholt

A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers thinks it’s time the legislature pass a bill under consideration that would require voters to show a valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID before they can cast a ballot.

Ohioans will vote on primary races for statewide offices, including Governor, as well as a statewide ballot issue that would allow the state to issue bonds for some capital improvements. There are more than 600 local issues on the ballot too.

On April first, election boards will start to mail out absentee ballots to those who have requested them, or Ohioans who want to vote early, in person, can vote at the early voting center designated by their county board of elections. 

Columbia City Blog

A group of Dayton-area residents are holding an event Wednesday to protest state legislation they say limits voting rights.

 

Ohio Attorney General candidate David Pepper says he would make advocating for voter rights a priority if elected Ohio's top law officer this fall.

The Cincinnati Democrat released his proposals Monday for addressing ballot access and election fairness.

Pepper criticizes Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for defending laws passed by state lawmakers that courts later deemed unconstitutional.

DeWine told The Vindicator of Youngstown that he didn't pass or write the laws, but did what he's "supposed to do" by defending them in court.

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