Testy exchanges seen in first hearing on Ohio election changes bill
The Republican sponsors of a bill to change various pieces of Ohio election law had their first opportunity Thursday to make a case why these changes are necessary. State Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Green Twp., and Sharon Ray, R-Wadsworth, fielded questions from a handful of Democratic lawmakers, each sharing concerns that some of the provisions would […]
Election reform battle comes to Ohio with new Republican proposals
The 2020 election in Ohio, Republicans will tell you, was perhaps the most successful in state history. Ohio recorded its highest turnout ever, despite a pandemic that saw COVID-19 cases rising in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Secretary of State Frank LaRose led a major poll worker recruitment drive and coordinated safety protocols […]
Mailbag: How can someone with COVID-19 vote this year?
The election season is wrapping up, but the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag carries on. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Who makes the “call” in Ohio that a candidate has enough votes tallied to declare the winners of the election? Is this […]
Want to still request an absentee ballot in Ohio? Do it ASAP
Time is quickly running out. Ohioans looking to vote by mail or drop box, but who haven’t yet requested their ballot, should put in their requests as soon as possible. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is technically Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon, but Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is warning that date […]
Despite barriers, make sure your voice is heard by voting
Ohio’s voting procedures have been visible in the news. There are reports that nearly 50,000 of mail-in absentee ballots have been sent out incorrectly, with the wrong name or address. Another report tells of how a company in charge of printing ballots sent wrong ballots to one state, or just flat-out haven’t mailed ballots out […]
Mailbag: We might not know who won Ohio on Election Day. Here’s why.
There is Supreme Court confirmation drama underway in Washington, D.C., but the necessity of reading the Ohio Capital Journal is a well-established super-precedent. It’s time for the Mailbag: Got a question about Ohio politics or the elections? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Do mail-in votes and in-person early votes both start […]
A safe experience at the polls
By the time I arrived at the Franklin County Board of Elections last Thursday afternoon, the long line waiting to vote I’d seen in photos had mostly dissipated. Once I made it past the gauntlet of enthusiastic partisans in the parking lot — Please take a quick glance at this giant stack of pamphlets, won’t […]
Early voting in Ohio begins today. Here’s where you can go
Today is the first day Ohioans can cast their ballots for the 2020 General Election. For those not wanting to wait for Election Day on Nov. 3, or have concerns about voting in-person due to the pandemic, Ohio offers several other ways to vote early. Voting by mail Ohioans can vote by mail if they […]
LaRose: Boards of elections can have extra drop boxes at their offices
Voters advocates have wanted more ballot drop boxes to be installed throughout Ohio to allow for more convenient absentee voting during the pandemic. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a new directive allowing county boards of elections to install extra drop boxes for voters — but only at the elections offices. He has […]
‘I just don’t trust the system any more.’ Voters on edge as election nears.
WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results. Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in […]
Educators battle misinformation in run-up to November election
We are living in the age of fake news. No, not the “deep state is out to get the president” kind. The real “fake news” is all around us, spreading partially by word of mouth and at certain political rallies, and much more so on Facebook and Instagram, as people pass along rumors and myths […]