Election 2020

Trump tells far-right group to ‘stand back and stand by’ in presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Tuesday night’s chaotic and messy presidential debate were each asked how they would deal with the nation’s institutional racism. Trump directly addressed a far-right group, the Proud Boys, telling them to “stand back and stand by,” and failed to answer a question about why Americans should […]

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

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Many Ohio counties need more poll workers. Is yours one of them?

BY: - September 29, 2020

Ohio voters need your help. Though there is an unprecedented number of citizens planning to cast absentee ballots this fall, counties throughout the state are still in need of more poll workers for Election Day.  Secretary of State Frank LaRose is encouraging Ohioans to sign up to receive training ahead of the Nov. 3 election.  […]

Ohioans worry about impact of Supreme Court nomination on Affordable Care Act

BY: - September 29, 2020

When Jessica Hair’s water broke, she wasn’t worried about becoming bankrupt. The North Royalton resident was just worried about her baby boy, born a month early, and getting him the care he needed. Declan was born “gray and lifeless,” and was swept away by a neonatal intensive care unit with the thought that the baby […]

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Young Ohioans excited to cast first presidential ballot in unusual pandemic year

BY: - September 25, 2020

Since he was a little kid, Benjamin Mudrak has looked forward to casting his first ballot for president.  He envisioned a trip to the polling place on Election Day, casting his ballot and getting the “I Voted” sticker at the end.  After many years of waiting, the pandemic changed Mudrak’s plans. The Kent State University […]

Before limiting ballot drop boxes, Ohio election officials secretly consulted promoter of debunked voting fraud fears

BY: and - September 25, 2020

This story was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published. After Black union workers petitioned the state for more secure ballot drop boxes, a top Ohio election official called Hans von Spakovsky, a leading purveyor of discredited […]

Ohio AG files suit in mammoth bribery scandal

BY: - September 24, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday sued the players in a massive scandal that continues to roil state politics.  Yost is seeking to stop a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout from flowing to a Northern Ohio electric utility after a rate hike to pay for it that is scheduled to start Jan. 1. And he’s […]

Mailbag: This is what it’s like to be a write-in candidate

BY: - September 24, 2020

Early voting for the general public in Ohio begins in just 12 days, otherwise known as just over one “Scaramucci” of time. And now, the Mailbag:  Got a question about Ohio politics? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Have you done any coverage over how write-in candidates work? (Specifically in the upcoming […]

Consumer advocate again demanding independent probe of FirstEnergy

BY: - September 23, 2020

Ohio's official consumer advocate is again asking that regulators mount an independent investigation into whether a Northern Ohio utility improperly used ratepayer funds to fuel what federal prosecutors called the biggest bribery scandal in state history.

Ohio closing in on 2 million absentee ballot requests 

BY: - September 23, 2020

Voters turn to absentee ballots amid pandemic More Ohioans are embracing absentee voting this year than ever before, figures provided by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose show.  A total of 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications had been received by the 88 county boards of elections offices as of Sept. 18, LaRose announced. That includes nearly […]

Portman, Brown flip on issue of filling Supreme Court vacancy

BY: - September 22, 2020

U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are singing much different tunes this week than they did in 2016. The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has led to an unexpected vacancy with the General Election just six weeks away. Both parties are gearing up for a legislative and presidential showdown — […]