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Election 2016: Find Your Polling Place

Nov 7, 2016

Blair Elmore
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we'll hear from Blair Elmore who produced this story last spring during the presidential primary season when he was a senior at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center.

It is currently a felony to take a picture of your ballot in Ohio. Some lawmakers plan to sponsor a bill to allow voters to take those pictures if they want.

It’s been several years since the state’s “ballot sharing” ban was changed. Attorney General Spokesman Dan Tierney says that ban, which includes taking pictures of ballots, was not meant to stifle free speech of voters, “It was intended to protect voters who may try to intimidate them to vote a certain way.”

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the process Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using to remove voters from the rolls is illegal.

Husted’s office has removed nearly 1.4 million voter registrations from the voter rolls. Some were dead, were thought to have moved or were inactive voters. American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Spokesman Mike Brickner hopes now that the court agrees that “use it or lose it” method of removing voters is not legal, it will order the state to put those people back on the voter rolls.

Juliet Fromholt

Voters in Ohio can soon request an absentee ballot for the fall presidential election.

The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted planned to mail absentee ballot applications to voters statewide this weekend.

Voters can fill out and return the applications to have their absentee ballots mailed to them ahead of Election Day.

Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is slated to begin on Oct. 12.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

If you have an Ohio driver’s license but are not registered to vote, you should be getting something in your mailbox soon from Ohio’s elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state’s voter rolls system is now linked with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database, so he’s now able to make sure Ohio drivers can be voters if they want.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Ohio's elections chief says nearly 70,000 votes have been cast ahead of the swing state's March 15 primary contests.

Registered voters in Ohio can cast ballots by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says an informal survey of county elections boards on Friday shows almost 239,000 absentee ballot applications have been received statewide. His office says 118,542 requested Republican ballots and 111,712 request Democratic ones. Others requested Green Party or issues-only ballots.

The Clark County Board of Elections has named Thomas Wilson as its new director.

The board unanimously approved Wilson on Wednesday over three other finalists to replace Matthew Tlachac who resigned after accepting a position with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office last month.

Tlachac served as director since 2012.  He replaced fellow Democrat Mark Oster, who retired. 

63-year-old Wilson will start on Monday with an annual salary of $52,000. It will be raised to $56,000 after 90 days.

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The state’s elections chief says he needs lawmakers to approve an online voter registration process, but a Democrat who might run for his position says she disagrees.

 

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A Democratic State lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would prevent the Secretary of State from removing many people from voter rolls.

Representative Kathleen Clyde says her bill would not allow the state’s top election official to purge voters for failing to vote often enough or failing to update their addresses.

"In Ohio, in the last five years, roughly two million voters have been purged. This is the most aggressive purging in the country."

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