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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

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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

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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

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

A poll worker disinfecting a voting machine.

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

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

A Pandemic Voter’s Guide For Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (OVR) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced elections officials to expand options for voters in November’s general election. This means you will have more ways to vote, including mail-in ballots and early in-person voting. But it also means many people have questions about how to vote. Here are answers to some common questions… 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

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

Ohio Valley Election Officials Prepare For Unprecedented Pandemic Election

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political… Read More