Early Voting

Election 2014
11:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Major Political Parties Launch Final Voter Turnout Push

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.
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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.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Ohio Dems Propose Early Voting Plan After Ruling

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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.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

County Officials Say They Weren't Involved With Court Decision To Bring Back Early Voting

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.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Secretary Of State Sets New Early Voting Hours

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.

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8:35 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Federal Judge: Ohio Must Reinstate Early Voting

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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