Here’s what is being proposed in Ohio for the 2020 General Election

By: - May 27, 2020 12:30 am

This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State’s Office.

What will this November’s General Election look like? Should Ohio allow in-person voting, or instead opt for an all-vote-by-mail system as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

These are the questions being pondered by Ohio politicians from both parties, as well as a number of voter rights groups in the state.

The election is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020. Under the present system, Ohioans can vote early by mail or in-person at their county’s board of elections. Or, they could choose to cast a traditional ballot at the polls on Election Day. Any changes to that plan must come from the state legislature.

Officials are proposing some changes be made to account for the health risks associated with the pandemic. The Ohio Capital Journal reviewed four separate proposals to highlight areas of consensus as well as ideas in which there is some disagreement:

  • Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who oversees the Ohio election system
  • Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, made up of several advocacy groups
  • Democrat Leaders’ Letter dated May 11
  • Ohio House of Representatives’ Democratic caucus


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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.