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Ohio Voting Procedures

Nov 3, 2009

Voting procedures, with Franklin County Board of Elections director Michael Stinziano, The Ohio State University Election Law @Moritz College of Law associate director Daniel Tokaji and League of Women Voters of Ohio executive director Deidra Reese.

Early election returns show supporters of Issue #3, which would allow for the construction of four casinos around the state, leading opponents. With 36 percent of the precincts reporting, supporters of casinos lead 54% to 46%.

State issue #2 which would change the state constitution to form a livestock care standards board leads 65% to 34% with 41% of precincts reporting.

In the Southwestern City School district the school levy trails by about 15-hundred votes,52% no to 48% yes, with about a third of the precincts reporting.

Ohio could see up to 4 big-city casinos if election results from Tuesday night hold up. With about two-thirds of the state's precincts reporting, "Yes" votes for issue three held a 53% to 47% margin over the "No" votes. If it wins, Issue #3 would allow for the construction of casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Voters in Franklin County said "No" to the casino plan but casino supporters were racking up big wins in Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati.

State Issue #4, the proposed property tax levy for Franklin County Children Services; and issues related to foster care and child abuse in Central Ohio, with Franklin County Children Services executive director Eric Fenner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Child and Family Advocacy program manager Shari Uncapher and Buckeye Ranch Treatment Foster Care and Family Based Services vice president Roger Minner.

Government Reforms Benefit Ohio Voters

Nov 2, 2009

Government reforms benefit voters in Ohio, with The Ohio State University political science professor emeritus Herb Asher and League of Women Voters of Ohio election specialist Peg Rosenfield.

State Issue #1, a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution to provide a bonus to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts; and an overview of benefits and services available to veterans in Ohio, with City of Columbus Veterans Affairs coordinator Richard Isbell and Franklin County Veterans Service Commission director Douglas Lay.

Ohio Library Funding

Oct 28, 2009

Library funding in Ohio and two local library levies on the ballot in Central Ohio, with Pickerington Public Library director Suellen Goldsberry, Bexley Public Library interim director Susan Studebaker and Ohio Library Council executive director Douglas Evans.

State Issue #2, a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that would regulate care for livestock and poultry, with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Center for Food and Animal Issues vice president Mike Bumgarner and Ohio Environmental Council Agricultural programs director Joe Logan.

Franklin County voters had their say on Tuesday. They approved a fraction of a mill tax levy to operate Franklin County MetroParks for the next ten years. The new MetroParks tax will add 23 dollars annually to the tax bill on a 100-thousand dollar home.

Voters in Westerville, Canal Winchester, Groveport Madison and Pickerington also said yes to school money issues. But, voters in Worthington, Reynoldsburg and Southwestern rejected tax requests for schools.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has followed through on threats to veto a bill passed by Republicans in the final month of the previous legislative session. Strickland, a Democrat, vetoed a measure that would have shortened the state's early voting period. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Running for office is grueling, for the candidates and their families but also for the men and women who are the ground forces in the campaign - the volunteers and staffers in the campaigns. And in a critical swing state, for the last few months these folks have been knocking on doors, making calls and raising money 24-7. So what happens to these workers now that the campaign is over? Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Lines Form Early At Ohio Polling Places

Nov 4, 2008

Voters are waiting in long lines at many polling places around Ohio on an Election Day when officials expect a record 80 percent turnout. A county elections official in Columbus says the only issues have been typical ones, such as poll workers with last-minute questions.

Click the Listen Icon to hear Marilyn Smith's interview with WOSU's Sam Hendren on lines at several precincts this morning in Columbus.

More than 50,000 people have cast their vote early and in person in Franklin County, and some people have waited more than five hours in line. The Board of Elections says roughly 23,000 voters at Veterans Memorial have been democrats, 22,000 were independents and just 5,000 were republican. The atmosphere at Veterans Memorial was similar to that of a county fair or festival complete with sunny fall skies, music blaring from speakers, even a cotton candy stand. But while festive, it was not a typical festival. It was the final day of early voting in Franklin County.

Columbus Somalis Gain U.S. Citizenship, Head For The Polls

Oct 29, 2008

Columbus' Somali population has evolved from a refugee community in the middle to late 1990s to an estimated population of 40,000 or more with thriving businesses, social organizations, and neighborhood mosques. And during this presidential election year, its estimated Somalis who have now gained U.S. citizenship will cast 10,000 or more votes.

Franklin County Reports Spike In Early Voting

Oct 28, 2008

With Election Day just one week away Franklin County voters are taking advantage of casting their ballots early. Franklin County Board of Elections spokesperson, Ben Piscitelli, says 2,352 people voted at Veterans' Memorial on Monday.

"And that's the second busiest day that we've had so far. It's second only to 2,408 voters that we had there on October 6th which was the deadline to register for the November election."