Election Day is finally here

By: - November 3, 2020 12:00 pm

Hello everybody! It’s been a long campaign season and we still have a long day ahead of us. Thanks for following along and, as always, for reading/supporting the Ohio Capital Journal.

A ballot drop box is seen outside the Athens County Board of Elections. Photo by Tyler Buchanan.

As I write this, we’re a little over 5 hours into voting here on Election Day. Millions of Ohioans have already voted early, and we’re expecting high turnout at the nearly 4,000 polling places throughout the state today. Polls and ballot drop boxes remain open until 7:30 p.m. 

Along with the presidential race, Ohioans are deciding on 115 separate legislative contests — 99 with the Ohio House of Representatives and 16 with the Ohio Senate. There are also two Ohio Supreme Court races and loads of down-ballot races for voters in all 88 counties. 

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is expected to give an update to reporters at 2 p.m., and I’ll be there to pass along important information to OCJ readers. 

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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.