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A Paulding County wind farm. Ohio Republicans connected to ALEC sponsored a bill to roll back the state's renewable energy standards.
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The state's Ballot Board has voted to split into two questions a clean-energy initiative headed toward Ohio's 2016 ballot.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has advised the state's local election officials to scrutinze new voter registrations that are coming in from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC).

Husted issued a press release stating "a rise in the number of irregularities warrants a closer review of registrations submitted by the organization."

Registration forms from people who have died, forms with multiple names, addresses or identification mismatches, and updated registrations that appear to be signed by someone else are some of the irregularities being found.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fracking Foes' Ballot Protest

Sep 16, 2015
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Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court.
 
Justices said in a 6-1 decision Wednesday that Husted didn't have the discretion to assess the legality of "community rights charters" offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but he had another valid reason to toss the measures.
 

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The Supreme Court has ruled Arizona can allow an independent commission created there to oversee the drawing of congressional district lines. The ruling could means changes to Ohio's districts. 

Common Cause Ohio leader Sam Gresham says he expected the court to rule in favor of Arizona’s proposed redistricting plan.

“It was just a delaying tactic on the part of people. There’s nothing in there that prevents it,” Gresham said.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The state’s election chief is warning Ohio voters there may be confusion ahead in November, though no issues have officially made the fall ballot yet.

 

The ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization amendment could be on the ballot at the same time as a measure that would prohibit businesses from creating amendments that give them economic benefits - just like the amendment from ResponsibleOhio does. Secretary of State Jon Husted says if what’s being called “the anti-monopoly” amendment gets more votes, it will negate the marijuana initiative.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state is moving closer to establishing online voter registration. On Wednesday morning, he testified before an Ohio senate committee calling for the passage of a bill making it easier for voters to register. Husted says the bill has widespread support among lawmakers.

“Democrats and republicans that run elections across the state have endorsed this," he said.  "County commissioners across the state have written letters of support—great for counties because the savings accrues at the county level.”

Group Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Over Voting Rules

May 12, 2015
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In advance of the 2016 presidential race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted faces another lawsuit over the state's voting rules. 

The lawsuit was filed by a group called the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Among the provisions it challenges are rules limiting each county to one early voting location, as well as the elimination of Golden Week, when voters can register and cast ballots the same day. The suit alleges African-American, Hispanic and student voters are disproportionately affected.

Following Agreement, Early Voting Will Be Easier For Ohioans

Apr 20, 2015
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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.

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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.

Kasich, DeWine, and Husted Win Re-election In Ohio

Nov 4, 2014
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It looks like Republican Governor John Kasich has won re-election by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald accoding toi the Associated Press. Early indications are that turnout was low across the state.

Tuesday's victory was expected after campaign missteps by FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising.

FitzGerald's troubles and the lack of a U.S. Senate race or any statewide ballot issues were among factors keeping people from the polls.

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