voter registration

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.

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.

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.

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

Ohioans have until Monday, October 5 to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in this year’s election. Most people can go online to register, but that might not be as easy for college students or others who move often.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center, in Columbus, Ohio, calls for the closing of the polls in the Ohio primary election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

An appeals court has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow online absentee ballot requests for Ohioans who want to vote by mail.

Demand at the Nelsonville food pantry increased after the government shutdown, during which SNAP payments were altered for funding reasons.
Nick Evans / WOSU

On Columbus’ far South Side, voting groups are using a drive-through food pantry to encourage voter registration. 

Liliana Vasquez, president of Columbus Council of LULAC, talks with Latina residents.
LULAC

As the October 5 voter registration deadline approaches in Ohio, the push is on by the Franklin County Adelante Democrats to sign up more Latino voters.

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and Ohio organizations are redoubling their efforts to get residents ready for Election Day.

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

With only 43 days left until the November election, the Columbus branch of the NAACP is focused on its efforts to get out the vote early. Due to COVID-19, the largest and oldest civil rights organization in the country is expanding how it reaches voters.

A Cut Above The Rest barbershop.
David Holm / WOSU

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose launched a new initiative Monday with barbershops and beauty salons to encourage voting in minority neighborhoods.

Democrats saw a surge in voter registrations in June as protests against racism and police brutality were launched across the country, rebounding briefly from a slump in new voter filings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center, in Columbus, Ohio, calls for the closing of the polls in the Ohio primary election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to reject non-citizen voter registrations in the village of Yellow Springs.

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

An Ohio group that wanted to put voter reforms on the fall ballot has dropped its effort, after losing court battles to make signature collecting easier during the pandemic. 

No door-to-door canvassing. Public gatherings are canceled. Motor vehicle offices are closed. Naturalization ceremonies are on hiatus.

Almost every place where Americans usually register to vote has been out of reach since March and it's led to a big drop in new registrations right before a presidential election that was expected to see record turnout.

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

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to expedite a case from the group trying to put a voter rights amendment on the November ballot. Ohioans For Secure And Fair Elections is seeking to appeal a decision by the Ohio Ballot Board to split their measure into four different initiatives.

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