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Ohio Redistricting Commission meets late at night on the final day of the constitutional deadline to pass maps.

Commission Approves Final District Maps That Appear To Retain GOP Supermajorities in House, Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after the clock struck midnight, the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, that are likely to guarantee a Republican supermajority for the next four years, by a vote of 5 to 2. The two Democrats on the panel voted against the plan…. Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

Ohio Redistricting Commission Gets An Earful At Weekend Hearing On Proposed Legislative Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Members of the panel that will approve new maps for Ohio House and Senate districts were lambasted Sunday by Ohioans who attended a public hearing in Dayton that went on for more than four hours. Overwhelmingly, those who spoke said the maps being considered are hyper-partisan. Connie Sheets, a… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Redistricting Commission Adopts District Maps That Appear To Retain Republican Supermajority

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has adopted an official proposal for the new state House and Senate district maps. Now leaders will go to different parts of the state to hear public comment on the maps that were drawn by the Republican caucuses. The majority caucuses in the House and Senate… Read More

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

Ohio Redistricting Commission Sets Two Meetings In One Day, Republicans Will Propose Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Majority caucus leaders in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate have been working behind the scenes on a new state legislative district map for the 99 seats in the Ohio House and 33 seats in the Ohio Senate. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said he’s looked over the maps with… 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.

Voters To Decide Primaries For Congressional 11th And 15th Districts Today

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting has ended for special election primaries in Ohio’s 11th and 15th Congressional districts. Election day is Tuesday. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said low turnout is pretty common in August special elections like this one because many people are on vacation and not thinking about voting…. Read More

Early voters at the Athens County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020

New Bill Would Repeal Election Changes Made In New Budget

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s an effort underway to repeal provisions in the new two-year state budget that non-profit groups say will prevent them from educating Ohioans about the voting process. Gov. Mike DeWine and Sec. of State Frank LaRose, both Republicans, said they don’t think the language in the budget will prevent public-private collaboration on… Read More

A 2020 Census Form

Federal Judge Dismisses Ohio’s Lawsuit To Force Release Of Census Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal judge has dismissed Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by the end of this month. Ohio hoped to start drawing new legislative and Congressional maps soon, for the first time under a process… Read More

Jacksonville, Ohio- Voters cast in their ballots.

Despite Voting Restoration Thousands Are Still Disenfranchised In The Ohio Valley

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — After more than a decade, Kentucky resident Guy Hamilton-Smith voted this year for the first time in the state. Even though he didn’t vote in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sending his ballot through the mail was still an emotional moment. “Not being able to vote for many years was… Read More

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

Ohio Valley Divide: Vote Analysis Shows Bluer Cities, Deeper Red Rural Places

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — President-elect Joe Biden received a bigger turnout in the Ohio Valley in 2020 than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. So did his opponent Donald Trump. In an election that saw historic levels of voting nationwide, Democrat Biden added 3.2% to Clinton’s 2016 vote share in the Ohio Valley while Republican Trump… Read More

A voting sign points into a polling location

Are You Having Trouble Voting? Tell Us.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — The Ohio Valley ReSource has partnered with ProPublica’s Electionland, a collaborative project among local and national newsrooms around the country to report on voting problems. We’d like your help to alert us to any problems that prevent people from voting. That might be problems with the delivery of mail ballots, long… Read More

Jacksonville, Ohio- Voters cast in their ballots.

The Missing Voters: The Ohio Valley Has Some Of The Nation’s Lowest Voter Turnout. What Could Change That?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — This fall, Lexington, Kentucky, activist and artist Devine Carama launched a different kind of road trip across his home state. He visited a dozen cities and towns, from Pikeville, in the state’s Appalachian east, to Paducah, near where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi. He carried a sign that said “I’ll… Read More

Kentucky mail-in ballot.

Last-Minute Voting Questions In The Election Home Stretch

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The conclusion of this most unusual general election is only a few days away. On Tuesday, November 3, people will make their way to polls, if they haven’t done so already, to cast their ballots. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, election officials have expanded voting options for those who are… Read More

A red sign with white lettering that reads voting booths

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

Rev. Jim Wallis

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

Boxes of mail-in ballots

Vendor Says Ohio, Pennsylvania Ballot Backlogs Caught Up

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The vendor responsible for the printing and mailing of 2.4 million delayed ballots across Ohio and Pennsylvania says it is all caught up. Cleveland-based Midwest Direct said in a statement Tuesday that extra staff, expanded hours and added equipment were required to meet the “staggering volume of mail-in ballot requests for… Read More

Early voters at the Athens County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020

Early In-Person Voting Underway For Much Of Ohio Valley

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Christian County Clerk Mike Kem in western Kentucky has already seen COVID-19 enter his doors — three of his employees are currently isolated with the virus. Since his office is in charge of coordinating local elections in his county, he says that up-close experience with the virus has emphasized to him… Read More

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.

Near Record Number of Voters Registered In Ohio For 2020 Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are now more registered voters in Ohio than in the last dozen years, but the total didn’t set a record. There are 8,073,417 registered voters in Ohio as of the close of voter registration a week ago – a higher total than in any year since the record of… Read More