Voting Rights

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 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 a bill that would automatically register high school students to vote. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) joins the show.

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A pair of bills in the Ohio General Assembly would change the way people register to vote, making it an automatic process instead requiring them to fill out forms or go online. In both, people could still opt out of the process, although the two bills approach the problem differently.

Caitlin McGurk, curator at the Billy Ireland museum, helped organize the "Ladies First" exhibit on women cartoonists.
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The 19th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago, granting women the right to vote in the U.S. Along with marches, op-eds and organizing, the women who fought for suffrage had another tool in their belt: a pen.

Now those works are on display at Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum as part of a new exhibit on women in comics.

Robert Alexander has been away from home for more than a decade. His days and nights are spent locked up behind walls topped with barbed wire.

"Prison kind of gives you that feeling that you're like on an island," says Alexander, 39, who is studying for a bachelor's degree in biblical studies while serving his third prison sentence.

Clad in an oversized gray sweatshirt under the fluorescent lights inside the visiting room of Wisconsin's oldest state prison, he is more than 70 miles from his last address in Milwaukee.

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A government watchdog group has won a lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State's office, expanding election access to all voters in jail.

In Tuesday’s election, Yellow Springs voters rejected Village Charter Amendment 13, a proposal that would have allowed residents as young as 16 years old to vote in village races.

The measure failed with 52.4 percent of voters rejecting the ballot issue, and 47.6 percent voting in favor.  

The all-or-nothing issue amending the village charter would also have extended the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, and it would have allowed immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues.

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On this Election Day, two Democratic state lawmakers have announced legislation to make future general election days paid state holidays for all Ohio workers.

The 2020 Census will be conducted next year. Many citizens will be counted in the places where they’ve grown up and currently live.

But if you’re incarcerated, you may be counted as a resident of the county in which you’re imprisoned and not the one you’re actually from.

That practice is known as prison gerrymandering. It can inflate the population of a county with a large prison population, giving more power to the people who vote there.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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Ohio's next election is scheduled for November 5, 2019. If you want to vote, you need to make sure your name is still on the voter rolls before Monday's registration deadline.

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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Secretary of State Frank LaRose says 182,858 voter registrations were removed from the rolls in Ohio’s latest voter purge.

Dareece Holton, Christina Zanish, Alexandra Moller, Rachael Kibbey and Morgan Hall are all on Westland High School's homecoming court.
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Year after year, the youngest voters always end up with the lowest turnout rate among all age groups. Despite that, students who are nearing 18 say they're committed and excited about voting.

The state is still counting up how many of 235,000 voter registrations identified as inactive were removed by county boards of elections starting September 6. But Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he wants to continue to work with voter rights groups who had concerns that active voters might also be removed.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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As many as 200,000 registrations may have been removed from the rolls by county boards of elections starting on Friday.

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The Ohio Secretary of State is in the process of removing more than 200,000 voter registrations from the rolls, although he's making some last-minute exceptions to the purge.

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Tens, and maybe hundreds, of thousands of Ohio voter registrations identified as inactive will be deleted Friday by local boards of elections.