2020 Election

WOSU has your guide to the 2020 election in Ohio and around the country. Find stories here on the presidential contest, U.S. House races and more from WOSU and NPR.

Read our Ohio voting guide for information on how to vote and what's on your ballot. And check out WOSU's visual guide to voting in the 2020 election.

Here’s some key dates to know for the fall election:

  • General election voter registration deadline: Oct. 5, 2020
  • Early voting begins: Oct. 6, 2020
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: Oct. 31, 2020
  • Early voting and mail-in voting ends: Nov. 2, 2020
  • General election: Nov. 3, 2020

WOSU also wants to hear from Ohioans about what you care about in 2020. Below, tell us what issues you want candidates to talk about during this election.

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With just three weeks left in the presidential race, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are heavily courting senior citizens, a crucial voting bloc that has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A severed fiber optic line cable forced Virginia's online voter registration system to shut down for much of Tuesday, the last day for residents of the commonwealth to register for next month's general election.

The Virginia Department of Elections announced the issue on social media shortly before 10 a.m. local time. At about 3:30 p.m., it said the problem was resolved, nearly six hours after it began.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Republican Christina Hagan are running for Ohio's 13th Congressional District this election.
Associated Press / Ohio House

The candidates for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District faced off in a televised debate Monday night, sparring on issues from local job creation to the Affordable Care Act to racial bias in policing.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett acknowledged on Tuesday that she would at least evaluate the case for recusing herself if a dispute involving the outcome of the presidential election reached the high court this year.

Barrett told Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. that she couldn't state anything before the fact about what she might do — but she did concede that there could be a situation in which she might review those protocols and evaluate recusal, then decide.

More than 500 people queued up Tuesday morning in Franklin County as early voting began.
Nick Evans / WOSU

There are now more registered voters in Ohio than in the last dozen years, but the total didn’t set a record.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Rebecca Sommer is the owner of Sommer House Gallery in Grove City, a Columbus suburb, where she's been custom framing pictures for 30 years. From nailing to mounting, Sommer meticulously goes through every step of the process, even using an air compressor for the finishing touches.

Joe Biden brought his campaign for the presidency to Cincinnati Monday with a message for Ohio Democrats – their votes matter; and they can help him heal the divisions he says President Donald Trump has caused in this country over the past four years.

Vice President Mike Pence greeting supporters at Savko and Sons.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Vice President Mike Pence visited Columbus on Monday to rally supporters as Election Day nears. Early voting has already begun in Ohio, which is expected to play another a critical role in this year's presidential contest.

A view of an Ohio voting sticker at the Hamilton County Board of Elections to participate in early voting, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.
Aaron Doster / Associated Press

If you wear your red "Make America Great Again" hat or your "Ridin' with Biden" t-shirt to the polls this fall, you could be asked to remove it or turn your shirt inside out. Ohio law says you cannot enter a polling place wearing any article of clothing that advocates for or against a candidate.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

A new Baldwin Wallace University poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a sizable lead over President Donald Trump in three Great Lakes states – but not Ohio.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The pandemic is raising concerns over safely voting on Election Day, while some question the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service. Many voters now want to either cast their vote or drop off their ballot in person, and  new grassroots organization in Columbus wants to help.

Vice President Mike Pence (left) and former Vice President Joe Biden (right)
AP Photos

Both major-party presidential campaigns will be in Ohio on Monday, as polls show the presidential contest is in a virtual tie.

Clark County Board of Elections Deputy Director Amber Lopez next to the county's drop box.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The election is well under way in Ohio. Thousands of voters around the state braved chilly mornings and long lines to cast their ballot in the first week of early voting.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden argues that taking a stance now on whether, as president, he would seek to increase the number of Supreme Court justices would play right into the hands of President Trump.

"[Trump] always wants [you to] take the eye off the ball, change the subject. I'm not going to play his game," Biden told a local Las Vegas news station over the weekend.

Updated 6:57 p.m. ET

Despite reports of the Trump campaign canceling TV advertising in Ohio and Iowa, it turns out the campaign has $11 million still reserved for ads in the states, according to the latest spending data provided to NPR by the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

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