Issue 1

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
Associated Press

Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine are both making the only statewide issue on the fall ballot a major topic of their campaigns to become governor. This puts an even bigger spotlight on the measure that would scale down prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

A woman recovering from drug addiction is joining the Republican candidate for Ohio governor in fighting against a November ballot issue to reduce prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

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.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility located in Lucasville, Ohio.
Daniel Konik / Ohio Public Radio

Secretary of State Jon Husted, who’s also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has announced the official title for the only statewide issue that’s on the fall ballot. Backers say the wording means they have work to do.

opioids and prescription medicine bottle
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Backers of Issue 1 say the proposed constitutional amendment will move Ohio in the right direction in fighting the opioid crisis. But opponents say the move will weaken law enforcement.

M.L. Schultze / WKSU

Now that they’ve had success in changing the way the maps for lawmakers at the state and federal level are drawn, citizen groups are turning their attention to other concerns.

The Ohio State University

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit over Ohio's Congressional districts, challenging the current map as "unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering." 

Activists from Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters and other volunteers gather to celebrate news that Issue 1 passed.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 1, which changes the way the state’s Congressional district map will be drawn in 2021 and beyond. It sets up new rules on splitting counties and increasing minority party input.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

May 8 is Election Day in Ohio, and what an eventful day it promises to be! Once again, WOSU will stay up late live-blogging local, state and national results here, as well as updating our Twitter and Facebook.

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Ohio’s only statewide issue on the May 8 primary ballot nearly didn’t make it – though it’s been talked about for decades. There's a long history of the complicated Issue 1, which some activists call a historic effort to change the way the Ohio’s Congressional district map is created.

Nick Castele / ideastream

Voters on May 8 have a chance to change the way Ohio draws Congressional maps. Issue 1 would require more bipartisanship in a line-drawing process that currently has few rules.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohioans will vote May 8 on Issue 1, a plan to change the way Congressional districts are drawn in Ohio. The state is considered one of the most gerrymandered in the United States.

Kathleen Clyde/Ohio House

Democrat Kathleen Clyde was in Akron on Monday to discuss her run for Ohio’s Secretary of State.

Mike Brickner of the ACLU of Ohio.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The May ballot issue that would change the process for drawing lines for Congressional districts, is getting widespread bipartisan support from Ohio organizations and officials. But there’s one major group that isn’t going to back Issue 1.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Monday is the last day to register for Ohio's May primary. Early voting for the primary begins Tuesday.

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