2018 election

Troy Balderson Sworn In As Newest Member Of Congress

Sep 6, 2018
Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday in Newark, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Republican Troy Balderson of Ohio was sworn in as the newest member of Congress on Wednesday afternoon.

This November, Akron voters will decide whether to move the city’s primary election from September to May.

More than 6,000 Akron voters signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot and city council approved it at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

Mayor Dan Horrigan, who supports the initiative, said a May primary would save taxpayers money and increase voter turnout.

Five city council members opposed the ballot measure – which triggered the petition process.

Did you ever read a Superman comic book when you were a kid?

If the answer is yes, then you probably know all about Bizarro World, the cube-shaped planet where everything is upside-down and contrary to normal expectations.

Well, welcome to Bizarro World.

Judges in North Carolina on Tuesday said that despite declaring the state's electoral map to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan reasons, there wasn't enough time for the map to be redrawn before midterm elections in November.

"We further find that imposing a new schedule for North Carolina's congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State's electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout," Judges James Wynn Jr., William Osteen Jr. and W. Earl Britt wrote in their order Tuesday.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
Ohio Channel

The top justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is speaking out on a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot, which would require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies.

As both parties begin their final post-Labor Day sprint to Election Day, there are concrete signs that Democratic voters are fired up heading into the midterm elections.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the majority of states that have already held primaries. There's been massive increases in Democratic turnout while often a minimal uptick — or even noticeable dip — in turnout among Republican voters.

Ohio House

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the allegations of extortion against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

If you were in charge of the Ohio Republican Party, would you want President Trump to come back to the Buckeye State again and again before the November election, as he did last Friday night at the Ohio Republican Party's annual dinner in Columbus?

Travis Irvine
Travis Irvine

Restored to minor party status in Ohio, the Libertarian Party has picked its statewide ballot for November’s elections.

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The Franklin County Board of Elections has rejected the "Columbus Community Bill of Rights," a ballot issue that would have banned fracking within city limits. 

Danny O'Connor speaks during an election night watch party at the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Westerville.
John Minchillo / AP

Speaking just before Ohio's 12th congressional district race was called, declaring Republican Troy Balderson the official winner, Democrat Danny O'Connor said he will focus efforts on appealing to students ahead of the November rematch.

Troy Balderson / Facebook

Troy Balderson has been declared the winner of Ohio's 12th congressional district special election. 

At a panel on voting issues in Beachwood Wednesday night, the two major party candidates for secretary of state discussed several election issues that are rarely debated. 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, agreed without hesitation that there needs to be a higher threshold for getting constitutional amendments on the ballot.

opioids and prescription medicine bottle
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The panel that decides the wording of statewide ballot issues has agreed on the language for the only one voters will see this fall, an amendment to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences.

Screenshot of Untested app by Mike DeWine
Mike DeWine / YouTube

Republican Mike DeWine has put out his first ad for this fall’s race for governor – and it’s a reminder that the two leading contenders in this contest have faced each other before.

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