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Husted Blasts Lawsuit As Politically Motivated

May 12, 2015

In advance of the 2016 presidential race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted faces another lawsuit over the state's voting rules.

Steve Brown / WOSU News

Early voting begins next week for the May primary.Columbus voters will decide candidates for mayor, council and board of education.

Franklin County Board of elections spokesman Ben Piscatelli, says a four way race for mayor will drive turn-out on May 5th.

10:00 Election Day is approaching, and we're taking a look at one controversial issue that will be on the ballot for Columbus voters. This hour we'll discuss the Columbus schools levy, school reform and what it could mean for parents, teachers, students and citizens. Guests

11:00 A bit like Christmas, election season seems to come earlier every year. But recently there was news that Ohio governor John Kasich may throw his hat into the presidential ring. Some pundits think he's got just the blend of Conservative values and Liberal policies missing from the GOP. This hour we'll get an early look at how the 2016 race is shaping up. Guests

11:00 Campaigning lasted right up until election day and local organizations used social media to spread their message to voters. Did it work? Also, is it time to upgrade your computer? On this hour, we give you everything you need to know. Guests

  • Betsy Hubbard (social media consultant and Co-Founder, Mindset Digital)
  • Jim Siegel (reporter, Columbus Dispatch)
  • Russell Holly (Tech Blogger, geek.com)

Voter Groups Say Legislative Maps Favor GOP

Sep 26, 2011

Voter advocacy groups, including the League of Women Voters, have told a state panel that Republican-drawn boundaries for state legislative districts would further solidify the party's grip on the Ohio Legislature for years to come. The groups testified Monday at a hearing of the Ohio Apportionment Board. The panel is charged with redrawing Ohio's legislative districts every 10 years to reflect changes in population after each census.

Election Reform... What You Need to Know

Jun 21, 2011

Nearly 500 elections officials from around Ohio are gathered this week in Columbus for the 2011 statewide elections officials conference. There’s lots to talk about, including two bills pending in the Ohio general assembly. Join All Sides today for a discussion about election reform. What questions do you have about how voting will change? We will be having a conversation with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for the entire hour. Guest:

  • Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State

Counties around central Ohio report modest voter turnout so far in today's election and few problems with voting equipment.

Matt Damschroder is the deputy director of elections in Franklin county. He says they've had some minor problems, but nothing to turn away frustrated voters.

"Things like one poll worker oversleeping," Damschroder says.

Early Voters In Franklin County Offer Clues To Election.

Nov 1, 2010

The 2010 political campaign is about over. But already, thousands of voters in Ohio have cast ballots through early voting. At the Franklin County Board of elections on East Broad Street on Sunday a steady stream of voters showed up to make their preferences,including Manuel DuBose of Columbus. DuBose said he wanted to make sure he voted on the Columbus Library Levy and the proposed charter amendment. But he also senses a gravityto this midterm election where statewide offices and the control of congress are at stake.


A group against closed door meetings for Columbus City Council filed a complaint Wednesday at the Ohio Elections Commission. The complaint centers around recent mailers sent by supporters of Issue 12 that voters will decide in November.

Ohio Voters Sort Fall Races, Approve Two Statewide Issues.

May 5, 2010

Ohio voters Tuesday sorted out some statewide contests for elective offices approved a jobs program and a change of address for a proposed Columbus casino.

Democrats selected Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher as their candidate to take on former GOP Congressman Rob Portman in the fall race to replace retiring Senator George Voinovich. Fisher easily defeated Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in yesterday's Democratic primary.

2010 Primary Election Coverage

Apr 28, 2010

Special coverage of the 2010 primary election on May 4th: Candidates and issues in the state and local election, with Ohio public radio statehouse news bureau chief Karen Kasler and The Columbus Dispatch city hall reporter Bob Vitale.

Ohio Third Frontier Program

Apr 14, 2010

Special coverage of the 2010 May 4 primary election; two points of view about State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment to renew the Ohio Third Frontier Program to promote economic growth through high-tech research and business innovation by issuing an additional $700 billion in state general obligation bonds over four years, with TechColumbus president/CEO Ted Ford and Maryland Public Policy Institute senior fellow Marc Kilmer.

Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, who led Ohio’s Supreme Court for nearly a quarter of a century, was the nation’s longest-serving active state chief justice when he passed away last week. Remembering Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger and The Columbus Dispatch senior editor Joe Hallett. In a controversial decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S.

Ohio voters Tuesday settled questions about casinos, livestock and veteran bonuses. While a proposal to allow a casino in Columbus and three other cities was rejected in Franklin, Issue three proved popular in other regions of the state and won an endorsement from voters.

Ohio voters also gave a green light to creation of a livestock board to oversee the treatment of farm animals.