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Latest Quinnipiac Poll Shows Ohio Presidential Race In Virtual Tie

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A new Quinnipiac poll of registered voters shows Ohio may be a swing state once again. The race between President Trump and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a virtual dead heat with a little over four months to go before the November election. Biden is at 46%. Trump – who won Ohio by eight points… Read More

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Group Gathering Petitions For Voter Reform Ballot Issue Gives Up Its Effort

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group that wanted to put voter reforms such as guaranteed 28 days of early voting, same day registration and voting and automatic registration at the BMV on the fall ballot has dropped its effort. Getting more than 440,000 valid signatures needed by July 1 to put an issue on the November ballot… 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.

Elections Officials Need Poll Workers Now For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Voter turnout in Ohio has been around 70 percent in presidential election years, and elections officials think turnout will be high this year as well. But with lingering concerns related to the pandemic, they say it’s going to be important to get as many Ohioans as possible to vote early this November. The… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Two Different Plans To Address Potential Problems In November’s Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has formed a task force with local and statewide elections officials to prepare for the November election. He’s pushing legislation that would make changes for November but Democrats have their own bill to do that. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the Ohio… Read More

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Federal Appeals Court Stays Lower Order Allowing Group More Time to Collect Petition Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to a group that’s trying to put changes to voting laws on this fall’s ballot. A federal court stayed a lower court ruling that gave the group more time and allowed for electronic signatures. The court’s order means the group will have to collect… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Groups Call for Election Reforms Before the November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — COVID-19 closed down the March primary election, and lawmakers extended the absentee ballot deadline to late April.  Voter rights groups are asking state lawmakers to reform voting laws now, to avoid confusion before the November election. But they are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to which… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Voting Rights Group Wants More Opportunities for Early Voting this Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s secretary of state says an election day with in-person voting is still the plan for this fall, but he’s suggesting some changes in case concerns about coronavirus keep voters away.  A key voting rights group agrees, but wants to go further. Secretary of State Frank LaRose is suggesting online… Read More

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Dems File Legal Challenge to Ohio Primary Delay

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The decision to postpone Ohio’s primary has stirred up legal challenges including a state supreme court lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party. But leaders there say this is actually a preemptive strike to protect the extended primary. Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose postponed the primary to prevent exposure to the coronavirus for voters… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Things to Think About if You are Considering Switching Parties in this Primary

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Republicans in Ohio might be tempted to cross over to vote for a Democrat in that party’s presidential primary on March 17th. After all, the Republican presidential candidate, President Donald Trump, is unopposed. But there are some things you should know before doing that. If you are a Republican but ask for a Democratic ballot, you will be limited… Read More

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC.

WATCH: Could the 2020 Democratic Nomination Still be up for Grabs Come Convention?

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Wednesday’s fiery 2020 Democratic debate came at a critical moment in the campaign, right before the Nevada caucuses and with early voting underway in a dozen states. Judy Woodruff talks to ABC News’ Matt Dowd, former chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign, and Democratic campaign advisers Michael Meehan and Iam Sams about… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Voter Registration for St. Pat’s Primary Closes Tuesday

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The deadline to register to vote for the first-ever Ohio presidential primary on March 17 in Tuesday. Early voting begins Wednesday. The most recent stats show there are 7,730,676 registered voters in Ohio, out of a population of nearly 11.7 million people. As of February 08, 2020 there are 7,730,676 registered voters in Ohio, up 6,237 from the… Read More