Early Voting

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.

It's now clear that early in person voting in the weekend just before Election Day is going to take place in Ohio after all. That’s because the nation’s highest court is not going to take up the appeal requested by the state to overturn a federal ruling that allows the 11th hour in person voting.

The Obama campaign has won its lawsuit to keep in place a federal court decision that allows in person voting hours on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before Election Day.  Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern is pleased with the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Voters in Ohio are getting their chance to cast an early ballot for president, U.S. Senate and other races.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election starts today, with Ohioans able to vote by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Ohio's elections chief Jon Husted says he's confident the state is prepared. He says local boards have received more than 922,000 absentee ballot applications as of Friday.

About 30 percent of Ohio's total vote - or roughly 1.7 million ballots - came in ahead of Election Day in 2008.

Early In-Person Voting Begins Tomorrow (October 2nd)

Oct 1, 2012

Early in-person voting begins tomorrow (Tuesday) in Ohio, at the same time county board of elections are preparing to mail out hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the big demands of an upcoming big election.

Did you recently receive a letter from Secretary of State Jon Husted? Want to know more about it? Emily McCord speaks to voter advocate Ellis Jacobs. He's an attorney with Advocates For Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE. He spells out what it means to request a mail ballot and what to do if you haven't received one yet. Also, he brings us up to speed on what's happening with early voting today.

A federal judge said new laws, passed by Ohio’s Republican legislature, that wiped out early in person voting at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day are unconstitutional.  It’s good news for Democrats and the Obama campaign who’ve been fighting to restore the weekend of early in person weekend voting.  They point out 93,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the Presidential election in 2008.

A federal judge in Ohio is giving all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

Judge Peter Economus on Friday issued a preliminary injunction granting the request from President Barack Obama's campaign that targets a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.

The law exempts military personnel and Ohioans living overseas.

In 2008, 93,000 Ohioans voted in person at boards of elections on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election.  But this year, that won’t be an option, unless a court rules otherwise. 

There’s a controversy over extended in person early voting hours in Ohio. Democrats are crying foul because some Republican leaning counties have put in place evening and weekend hours while other counties with more Democratic leanings are offering early in person voting only during normal business hours.

Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama's campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections offered to service members. 

Obama's campaign and Democrats argue the battleground state's law unfairly ends in-person voting for most Ohioans three days earlier than it does for military and overseas voters.  They say such disparate treatment is unconstitutional, and all voters should be able to vote on those days.