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An absentee ballot application from the state of Ohio.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

A federal court has declined to change Ohio's process of signature-matching used to help verify absentee ballots.

Answering Voting Questions About The 2020 Election

Sep 24, 2020
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The pandemic has upset the usual protocol for voting in Ohio, setting the stage for largely politically driven conflicts over a variety of topics.

With six weeks to go before the November 3 election, four lawsuits have been filed challenging the process of voting in Ohio.

Tech Tuesday: Building A Better Voting Machine

Sep 22, 2020
Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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Technology experts are working to build a better voting machine, one that would modernize how Americans vote.

That would be welcome news in a presidential election year fraught with worries over absentee ballots, hackers and unfounded allegations of voter fraud.

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
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On a party-line vote, an Ohio House committee passed a bill that will make some changes to election law. Backers say it gives more flexibility to election officials should COVID-19 cause changes this November but its opponents have concerns.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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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.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 4, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine delayed execution dates again last week for two death-row inmates as the state continues its search for a pharmaceutical company willing to sell drugs for use in executions.

It marks the first time in three years Ohio will not hold any executions in a calendar year.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the death penalty in Ohio, and more. 

 

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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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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why it's so hard to get voters out to polls for local elections where their impact can be much greater. Political consulatant Mary Anne Sharkey joins the show.

pints of beer
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A nonpartisan coalition seeking to boost turnout among Ohio's LGBTQ voters in 2020 is launching a campaign that pairs voter registration with drag queens and craft beer.

Young People And Voting

Aug 30, 2019
Voting booths
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Ohioans ages 18-29 showed up at the polls for the midterm elections last year, increasing their turnout by roughly 16% from the previous midterms in 2014.  

But their Baby Boomer counterparts are still more likely to cast a ballot.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: mobilizing the youth vote.  

 

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Women's Suffrage And Minority Groups

Aug 28, 2019
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This week marks the 99th annual observance of Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

Women of color played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement, but they and the memory of their contributions have been swept aside. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: women’s suffrage and the role of women of color.

  

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Young People And Voting

Aug 19, 2019
voting booths
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohioans ages 18-29 showed up at the polls for the midterm elections last year, increasing their turnout by roughly 16% from the previous midterms in 2014.  

But their Baby Boomer counterparts are still more likely to cast a ballot.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: mobilizing the youth vote.  

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 1, 2019
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State lawmakers failed this weekend to strike a deal on a two-year operating budget and instead took steps to keep state government open for the next 17 days.

It's the first time since 2009 that lawmakers have missed the legal deadline to adopt an operating budget. 

Today on our weekly Reporter Roundtable, the state of the state budget, and more. 

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Voters at the Whetstone Recreation Center were waiting in line for nearly an hour Tuesday morning while poll workers wrangled with new voting machines.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio’s top elections official says it’s time for a change to the stickers that are handed out at early vote centers and at the polls on election day. Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants people who in most cases can’t yet vote to play a role in designing them.

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There were some surprises buried in the results of the 2018 election, many of them for Democrats, who lost the five big statewide executive offices. These results weren’t surprising to some consultants who have worked with both major political parties in Ohio, and they could be disappointing to non-partisans.

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