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

What Voting Might Look Like In Ohio This November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has more of an idea about what this November’s election will look like now that the state’s election chief has handed down a directive outlining details to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive tells local boards to print additional ballots, get plenty of… 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

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Ohio Ballot Campaigns Allowed More Flexibility on Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio to allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday gives campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and allows them to… 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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Beshear Order Allows Voting by Mail in Kentucky Primary

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an order allowing Kentucky residents to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election. The governor’s office said Friday that state elections officials also are working on a plan for limited in-person voting and possible drive-thru voting. The primary is set for June 23. The governor’s… Read More

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

Voting Rights Group says this Primary’s Vote Total so Far is Just Half of 2016’s

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A voting rights organization says there are potentially a lot fewer voters who will cast ballots this year compared to the presidential primary four years ago. The group looked at totals so far for the March 17 primary that has been extended to April 28. Mike Brickner with All Voting is Local has compared numbers for… Read More

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

A Pandemic Voter Guide for Ohio’s 2020 Primary

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — Ohio’s primary was moved to April 28 from its original date on March 17. The most important thing to remember about the date of Ohio’s rescheduled primary is April 27 — the day before the actual election date. That’s because most residents will be voting by mail, and those ballots must… Read More

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How to Vote-By-Mail in Ohio’s Extended Primary

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Ohio lawmakers created the new vote-by-mail timeline after in-person voting on Election Day was canceled over coronavirus concerns but voter rights advocates fear the deadline of April 28 still does not give people enough time to cast a ballot. Lawmakers unanimously passed a large legislative package with bipartisan support which, among many other things, extended absentee… Read More

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Voter Rights Groups File Challenge to Ohio Primary Absentee Extension

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The ACLU of Ohio has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio claiming the new absentee voting extension is “cumbersome.” The Ohio House and Ohio Senate set the absentee voting deadline at April 28 through HB197. This sets the end date of the primary much earlier than the June 2 date… Read More

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Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

Harrison County Township Building sits empty the day before the official Election Day in Londonderry, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Judge Denies Request To Delay Primary Election Until June 2

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Updated, Tuesday, March 16, 7:11 p.m. A Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge has ruled against a temporary restraining order that would have delayed Ohio’s primary election until June 2 due to the coronavirus. Judge Richard Frye denied the lawsuit just after 7 p.m. on Monday, less than 12 hours before the primary election… Read More

Wes Davidson votes inside the old schoolhouse in Harrison Township on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Backers Appeal 4-way Split of Voting Proposal to High Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of an effort aimed at updating Ohio’s voting laws appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, alleging the state ballot board misinterpreted the state’s single subject rule when it severed their proposal into four separate ballot issues. The campaign manager for Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections said Thursday the group… 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

Two polling places in downtown Cleveland near the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections were not moved for the March 17 primary, but 11 in the suburbs were.

Preparing for First-Ever St. Pat’s Primary Revealed Some Problems

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With Super Tuesday voting over, the focus will shift to the six states that will vote March 10, followed by Ohio and the three states that hold primaries on March 17. It’s the first time Ohio has voted on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s created a few problems. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections director Tony… Read More

Ohio Republican Party Counsel Anne Marie Sferra at an Ohio Ballot Board meeting, requesting the Secure and Fair Elections Amendment be split into six different initiatives. The board landed on four different issues.

Ballot Board Splits Voter Rights Amendment into Four Petitions

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The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split a voter rights measure into four separate potential ballot issues. The amendment, which includes constitutionally protected early voting and automated voter registration, could now circulate as four different petitions. The Ohio Ballot Board, with a 3-2 majority Republican vote, decided to split the “Secure and Fair Elections… Read More

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WATCH: On Super Tuesday, Dems Can Gain Delegates Without Winning a Primary

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This week’s Super Tuesday will include results from 14 states and one U.S. territory. In all, 1,357 delegates are at stake. But Democrats do not have winner-take-all rules, so presidential candidates can gain a fair number of delegates without actually “winning” a primary at all. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield explains.

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Voter Rights Group Pitches Ballot Initiative as “Popular Across Political Spectrum”

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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is one step closer to circulating their petition for signatures and they’re pitching the potential ballot measure as something that can have widespread support. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) approved the petition language for the proposed “Secure and Fair Elections Amendment.” The ballot initiative would create automatic voter… Read More

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Photo ID Bill Advances in Kentucky but Draws Threat of Legal Challenge

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – As Kentucky legislators advance a bill to require voters to show a government-issued ID to cast a ballot, a civil-liberties group says it might mount a challenge if the bill becomes law. The Republican-backed measure cleared a House committee on a party-line vote Thursday. Opponents raised concerns the photo ID requirement… 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

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

Voting Rights Advocates File New Petition for Ballot Measure

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A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting. Supporters of the “Secure and Fair Elections” amendment turned in a second draft of their petition, after the Ohio attorney general rejected… Read More