Election 2016

Campaign signs in Greene County
Credit Jess mador / WYSO

On Tuesday, November 8th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues.  The two biggest races are the presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Ohio’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Rob Portman and former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. 

In the Miami Valley, there are numerous Ohio House races, and two Ohio Senate seats up for election as well as two seats on both Montgomery and Clark County Commissions.  

The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a tax increase in Dayton for Pre-K education and a temporary tax increase in Springfield for public safety and infrastructure.  Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.

WYSO’s election night coverage will include a live, call-in special from OnPoint at 7pm, and live coverage from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the and Presidential and U.S. Senate race. Our local and state coverage will include conversations with Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler about the U.S. Senate Race and Wright State University Political Science professor Lee Hannah.  

We’ll be updating results online Nov. 8 and 9, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

The Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in Ohio and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election. But Ohio's chief elections official said he thinks the story isn't as shocking as it may seem.

University of Dayton Republicans

President Donald Trump’s approval numbers vary depending on the pollster and their methodologies. But what is clear is that both Trump’s campaign and his first two months in office have been controversial. They’ve also been politically polarizing for many people across the country, including some young Republicans in the Miami Valley.

The 2016 election season has officially come to a close. In today’s Politics Ohio WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Secretary of State Jon Husted about fears of voter fraud that never materialized and new developments in voter registration.


Andy Chow

There weren’t any surprises inside the Ohio Statehouse today as the state’s 18 electors have cast their ballots for Republican President-Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn’t a day without controversy.

When the state’s electors arrived for their noon gathering at the Statehouse, they were greeted by about 200 protestors.

They chanted and carried signs, most of them hand-made. And their message was clear – anyone other than President-Elect Donald Trump. Ann Morris of Columbus was one of them.

History Talk: America's Post-Election Political Landscape

Nov 18, 2016

In this episode of History Talk, hosts Jessica Blissit and Brenna Miller interview three experts on American politics—Kimberly Hamlin, Marc Horger, and Paula Baker—in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Ed Davis

Wright Memorial Public Library is inviting local residents to share their thoughts and reactions to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in an oral history project in the next week. To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the Wright Library's Robyn Case, who’s leading the project.


Ohio’s newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman will return to Capitol Hill with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

But Portman says he’s still ready to enforce checks and balances with President-Elect Donald Trump.

Portman says he doesn’t have the concerns about a Trump presidency that he had when he decided not to vote for the Republican nominee. However, Portman did say he’s prepared to keep the executive office in check if he ever thinks the president-elect goes too far.

Jo Ingles (Ohio Public Radio)

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican President elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only blistering defeat for Ohio’s Democratic Party. The state Legislature, which was already Republican dominated, became even redder and it's left the leader of the Ohio Democratic Party evaluating the losses and where the party goes from here.

Clinton’s loss was devastating, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper who said, “What we saw was a tidal wave that was far bigger than Ohio.”

Dayton voters said yes to Issue 9 and voted to increase taxes on city residents to 2.5 percent.  The levy will raise funds to cover a $5 million budget shortfall and provide funding for universal pre-K education and street maintenance.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was pleased with the voters' decision and told WYSO News that the new funds were the focus of this morning’s city budget meeting.

Election 2016: Your Voice

Nov 9, 2016

To get a sense of how people across the Miami Valley are reacting to the results of last night's presidential election, WYSO News talked to voters in Greene and Montgomery Counties. Here's some of what they had to say.