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Ohio Bill To Limit Power Of Governor Passes Legislature But Could Face Veto Fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill that’s headed for his desk that would restrict his authority to shut down businesses statewide in a future health order. The bill strips the governor’s authority to shut down businesses in health orders like the one DeWine did earlier this year…. Read More

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New Senate Plan For Ohio’s Ed Choice Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. The Senate’s President-elect is proposing a… Read More

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Bill Would Crack Down On Looting And Rioting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill that they say will crack down on people they call looters and rioters – those who perpetuate violence or damage to property as part of protests. State Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) says the bill protects free speech of protestors. “This bill, in no way,… Read More

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Political Scientist Says Ohio Is No Longer A Bellwether, Swing, Or Battleground State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Experts following the presidential vote count say there’s a good chance Democrat Joe Biden could get the 270 electoral votes he needs soon. And if that happens, Ohio will have, for the first time in 60 years, failed to choose the winner. If you are one of the voters who enjoys personal… Read More

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Governor DeWine Says The State Is Prepared For Possible Violence At Polls On Election Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Political tensions are high as Ohioans go to the polls Tuesday.  The state is taking some actions to ensure those tensions don’t translate into violence at polling places. Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s been talking with the highway patrol, Ohio National Guard and others about potential problems on Election… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

You Cannot Have A Do-Over On Your Vote In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — President Trump has taken to Twitter, advocating that people who previously voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden change their vote. But you cannot do that in Ohio. President Trump’s tweet might give voters the notion that they can change their vote once it has been cast. But Jen Miller… Read More

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Ohio Is One Of Nine States That Will Be Part Of Voter Protection Effort By Lawyers And Clergy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —Ohio is one of nine states that is part of an initiative between lawyers and clergy members to help voters cast their ballots on Election Day. The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the online publication Sojourners, is one of the coordinators of Lawyers and Collars, an Election Day effort that will have… Read More

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Some Fear Ohio’s Shortened Canvass Period Could Lead To Voter Disenfranchisement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Democratic state lawmakers want to know why Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is shortening the amount of time counties can have to finish the official count from November’s election. Ohio House Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney says state law allows until November 24th to complete the official canvass…. Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

What Happens If There Are Power Outages On Election Day?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On Election Day two years ago, wind gusts knocked out power for at least part of the day in four Northeast Ohio counties. What happens if there are more power outages on Election Day this year when voter turnout is expected to be higher than usual? In 2018, counties… Read More

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Changes Being Made To Make Filing For Unemployment Easier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Since the pandemic began in March, Ohio paid 821,000 regular unemployment claims and 608,000 for federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to people who don’t normally qualify for jobless benefits. At times, filers have experienced frustration over not being able to file or get questions answered. But leaders of the state agency that handles unemployment says… Read More

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DeWine Expects Nuclear Bailout Repeal During Lame Duck Session

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s been nearly three months since former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others connected to him were arrested on federal charges of wrongdoing associated with an energy bill signed into law last year. Gov. DeWine has said he wants that law, HB 6 repealed. But that hasn’t… Read More

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Help On The Way For Struggling Performing Arts Groups, Theatres

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Columbus Museum of Art has announced it was laying off 39 employees and slashing their budget due to money lost during coronavirus. It’s the latest example of an arts organization that has suffered because of COVID-19. But there might be some help coming soon from the state for struggling… Read More

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Gov. Mike DeWine Says Ohio’s Rising COVID-19 Numbers Are “A Gut Punch”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s concerned because the spread of COVID-19 continues to worsen in Ohio. DeWine said when you take the 18 counties in the red, which means very high exposure and spread, and you combine them with high incidence counties, it’s a significant part of the state on Ohio’s coronavirus map. This… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

Some Ohio Voters Report Receiving Damaged Ballots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans who have been waiting for their mail-in ballots are starting to open up their postal boxes to find them. But some might be in less than perfect condition. Columbus resident Sarah Mill says she was tracking her and her husband’s mail-in ballots online so she knew they were in… Read More

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What Happens If A Voter Insists On Entering A Polling Place Without Wearing A Mask?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When Ohioans go to the polls to vote early in person, they are asked to wear a mask. If they don’t have one, polls will provide one. But what happens if the voter refuses that offer? Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said masks will be available to voters… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Ohio Secretary Of State Allowing Limited Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is allowing more drop boxes but they are must be on the property of local boards of elections. Late Friday, an appeals court said LaRose could and should allow the addition of more drop boxes but didn’t order him to add them. Now, LaRose… Read More

Husted, Portman Getting COVID-19 Tests After Trump Diagnosis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse) — After President Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he’s taking a COVID-19 test as a precaution. While Gov. Mike DeWine did not attend Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, Husted did. However, Husted’s spokeswoman Carolyn Cypret said he did not… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown Says Affordable Health Care Act Is In Jeopardy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is blasting most of his colleagues in the Senate and President Trump for proceeding ahead with appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Brown says when Republicans in congress tried to gut the Affordable Care… Read More

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DeWine Says He Will Sign Bill That Prevents Local Bans On Things Like Plastic Bags And Styrofoam

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Legislature has passed a controversial bill that bans communities from passing bans on containers like plastic bags or Styrofoam.  Gov. DeWine, who once opposed the idea, is signaling he’ll sign this bill into law. The bill preventing cities from passing bans on plastic bags and single use containers… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

DeWine Signals Some Restrictions On Bars Could Be Lifted Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Bars throughout the state have been begging Gov. Mike DeWine to loosen the restriction put in place under a coronavirus order that requires them to cut off sales at 10 pm.  Now, DeWine signals those rules might be relaxed soon. DeWine said he’s hearing complaints from bar owners that the 10… Read More

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Appeals Court Rules Secretary Of State Does Not Have To Allow Electronic Absentee Ballot Requests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An appeals court has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow online absentee ballot requests for Ohioans who want to vote by mail. A Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge had said LaRose had to allow electronic requests as the Ohio Democratic Party wanted. Chair… Read More

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Some Ohioans Might Hit A Snag With Online Voter Registration. Here’s How To Deal With It.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans have just a few more days to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in this year’s elections. Most people can go online to register but that might not be as easy for college students or others who move often. When you register to vote online,… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

Signature Matching Will Continue In Ohio – At Least For This November’s Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The process of matching a voter’s signature on a ballot or ballot application against the signature provided on a voter’s initial registration will continue for this election. An injunction that was filed to remedy that process in this November’s election was denied by a federal court. The ACLU of… Read More