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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