Voting Rights

A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from some state election officials. The letter, sent Wednesday to all 50 states, requests that all publicly available voter roll data be sent to the White House by July 14, five days before the panel's first meeting.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not hear an argument from an Ohio group that claims the state’s top elections official is wrongfully tossing out ballots. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Ohio Public Radio

The fight over how Ohio has maintained its voter rolls has made it to the nation’s highest court. 

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The Supreme Court will decide whether Ohio wrongfully purged eligible voters from the state's registration list.

Voting With Inmates At The Franklin County Jail

Nov 8, 2016
Esther Honig / WOSU

At the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike, Lieutenant Lee VanDette walks me through a maze of cinder block halls.

"If you see people wearing blue shirts and tan pants," VanDette says, "those are inmates."

Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans have already voted, and more than 11,000 people voted early this year than did in before Election Day in 2012.

Ohio I Voted Sticker
Nick Houser / WOSU

If you hadn't noticed, there's a pretty big election happening across the country today, and it can get pretty confusing.

Consider this your one-stop-shop for all the answers you need for Election Day - except who you should vote for. We can't help you with that one.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a case involving planned activities by the Trump campaign at polling places in Ohio on Election Day.

The U.S. Justice Department says it will have more than 500 monitors and observers out Tuesday watching polling sites in 28 states. They'll be looking for any voting rights violations, such as whether voters are discriminated against because of their race or language.

"The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right, not only on Election Day, but every day," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has granted a motion by Donald Trump's presidential campaign to block a lower court restraining order obtained by Ohio Democrats.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sunday that the Ohio Democratic Party has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its case. It granted the emergency stay sought by Trump in a brief order.

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A federal judge in Cleveland has issued a temporary restraining order against the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and a Republican political operative aimed at preventing Trump supporters from harassing or intimidating Ohio voters during the election.

Esther Honig

Columbus is home to a large, and growing, refugee population. But as these voters head to the polls this presidential election they could find language barriers. Ballots, voter registration and candidate information are rarely available in foreign languages like Somali and Nepalese. 

Despite the obstacles, these citizens are working hard to make their voices heard. 

Voting in the 2016 Election

Oct 27, 2016
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In Ohio, the voting process has already begun. Over half a million Ohio voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s election. Join us today as we discuss voter practices, voter rights and rigged elections.

The 2016 election is held on Tuesday November 8th.  Click here to find your polling place and click here to request an absentee ballot.

Federal Appeals Court Set To Hear Arguments On Key Ohio Voting Laws

Aug 4, 2016
Ohio I Voted Sticker
Nick Houser / WOSU

A fight over Ohio’s voting laws will take place Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. At issue is whether those new laws, which outline various rules for early and in person voting, are constitutional or whether they disenfranchise low income and minority Ohioans.

A judge has rejected a lawsuit brought by voting rights groups that alleged Ohio's process for purging election rolls is illegally removing eligible voters.