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.


Answering Your Questions About Voting In Ohio

Oct 7, 2020
Voters line up outside the Franklin County Board of Elections for early voting on Oct. 6, 2020.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Voters around the state stood in long, socially-distanced lines yesterday on the first day of early voting in Ohio.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speaks to the audience during the Ohio Democratic Party election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) says she’s not surprised that President Trump, upon arriving back to the White House after his hospital stay for COVID-19, removed his mask and downplayed the serious nature of the virus.

Ohio started sending absentee ballots out on Tuesday, October 6.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

A “significant” number of Franklin County voters received the wrong absentee ballots in the mail this week.

Gage Gallaher is an Akron resident and co-founder of WAKE Foodbank, a non-profit offering direct support to queer and black Akron residents.
Gage Gallaher

For many trans people, legally changing their name is a definitive statement of who they are and an affirmation of their identity. The process is not easy, and a name change in Ohio can take months and a small mountain of paperwork.

Live: The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 7, 2020

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

It looked like rock concert tickets or the hottest Black Friday deal was up for grabs at the Stark County Board of Elections Tuesday.

Within the first hour of the first day of early in-person voting, 200 people cast their ballots.

And by midafternoon, it had doubled the entire first day of early turnout four years ago.

“Is this more crowded than you have usually seen it? Yes. Yeah. Usually we just park and walk in.”

Updated: 11:50 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will not collect completed ballots at local libraries this fall, despite a federal judge’s ruling this week that seemed to allow it, a board member told ideastream Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster interpreted a recent state election directive more broadly than Secretary of State Frank LaRose intended, Democratic board member Inajo Davis Chappell said.

In this April 28, 2020 file photo, Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A federal judge in Cleveland has broadly interpreted a new directive from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose allowing ballot drop boxes at locations “outside” boards of elections, saying that means they're permitted at multiple locations within a county. That runs directly counter to LaRose's stated intention, though.

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

President Trump says he has ordered his representatives to stop talks with Democrats on a new round of COVID-19 aid until after the election.

Early voting has started in Ohio. The line Tuesday morning at the Hamilton County Board of Elections stretched around the block. Eleanor Morgan says she came so she wouldn't have to worry about big crowds on Election Day.

James and Cheryl Turner in line Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 to cast their vote.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Voters snaked down the sidewalk at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday morning. Past the music shop, past the pizza place, past the department store, to coil up in the parking lot at the opposite end of the strip mall.

They planned ahead – showing up early, bundled against the chill and toting folding chairs for the wait.

Supporters greet Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden as he steps of the train at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden is expanding his ad buys into every corner of Ohio as early voting begins in the state.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose speaks about the need to delay Ohio's primary election on Monday, March 16.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has signed onto a letter urging the U.S. Senate to press forward with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barret to the U.S. Supreme Court before the November election.

Ohio's fall election is fast-approaching, with the pandemic still in full swing. Election Day is scheduled for November 3, and the U.S. presidential race, all 16 Ohio congressional seats and many other state races will be on the ballot.

Updated at 10:00 p.m. ET

Plexiglass will separate Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the Democratic nominee, during their vice presidential debate on Wednesday.

That's a precaution as a result of a cluster of coronavirus cases from the White House affecting President Trump and a number of aides and associates.