Early Voting

Bills Would Let Ohioans Register To Vote Online

Feb 19, 2015
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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.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Both major political parties are in the last-ditch push to get their voters to return early ballots or to turn out on Election Day Nov. 4.

Matt Borges, chair of the Ohio Republican Party, says the party learned a lot from losing the races for president and U.S. Senator in 2012.

Ohio Dems Propose Early Voting Plan After Ruling

Sep 9, 2014
Juliet Fromholt

Democrats in the Ohio Senate say local boards of elections should have the flexibility to set their own early voting schedules following a federal court decision.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus temporarily blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered the swing state's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge also barred Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.

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.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has established new early-voting hours for Ohio’s 88 counties for all upcoming elections following a recent federal court ruling. Early in-person voting will span four weeks before elections, including two Saturdays and one Sunday.

Federal Judge: Ohio Must Reinstate Early Voting

Jun 12, 2014

A federal judge has ordered Ohio to reinstate early in-person voting the three days before Election Day.

Earlier this year, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted had directed the 88 county boards of elections to hold uniform voting hours -- and they did not include the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before November’s gubernatorial election. Democrats challenged that, saying it disproportionately affects their voters, who dominate early-in person voting on those days.

In a speech in Akron last week, Husted said his only concern has been uniformity.

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

 

Though Ohioans have been casting ballots early for years, the weekend before election day has been a disputed time. And though this is an off year election, that’s no different this year.

Many counties won’t be allowing in-person voting the weekend before the election. Democrats including party chair Rep. Chris Redfern say a ruling in a lawsuit from last year requires in person voting this weekend.

“It’s time for Secretary Husted to tell the counties that are not following state and federal law,” says Redfern.

Early voting numbers in Clark County for the November 5 general election have been low so far. With no hot button issues like casino approvals or collective bargaining limits, this year's election isn't likely to drive many people to the polls.

Clark County's ballot does include school levies, tax issues and municipal races, but Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac says voters shouldn't overlook local races and levies.

Early voting begins today for the May 7th special election that includes run-off votes for Dayton mayor and city commission, and levy proposals for area schools, police, fire and other services for more than 20 communities in the region.

Llyn McCoy, Deputy Director of the Greene County Board of Elections, says residents can still register to vote in the election if they have not done so.

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