voter registration

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
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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.

Ohio's election is upon us: Voting for the primary ends Tuesday, April 28.

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.

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.
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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is pitching their ballot measure as something with widespread appeal.

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

The Ohio Attorney General has cleared the language for a proposal to update Ohio's voter registration system. It now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board for approval before organizers can begin collecting signatures.

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

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote for Ohio’s presidential primary on March 17. Early voting begins Wednesday.

Voters can check their registration with the Secretary of State's office.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to make voter registration easier and more accessable in Ohio. Ben Guess, executive director of ACLU of Ohio, joins the show.

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

A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting.

Voter Suppression

Feb 4, 2020
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose marks National Registration Day at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Voter rolls are the gateway to voting, and to ensure that the information they contain is accurate, states periodically remove or purge the names of voters who have moved, died or are otherwise ineligible to vote.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected language for a potential ballot issue on voting. The group behind the initiative to expand and solidify voter rights says they remain committed to the issue.

NAACP Endorses Ballot Campaign To Streamline Ohio Voting

Jan 30, 2020
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Ohio branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization has endorsed an ballot initiative aimed at streamlining the state's voting process.

Debbie Holmes / WOSU

An Ohio State University elections law professor says a proposed constitutional amendment on voter registration would likely lead to more engagement.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a county in southern Ohio that just passed a "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution. 

Michael Hiles, founder of the group Ohio Stands United, which supports these resolutions, joins the show.

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

A group known as Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections has filed a petition with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to propose a voting-related constitutional amendment for this November's ballot.

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