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Ohio Democrats are leading vote-by-mail ballots in election on abortion, marijuana

BY: - November 3, 2023

Democratic and nonpartisan voters in Ohio are winning the vote-by-mail fight in the November election on abortion and marijuana, an OCJ/WEWS analysis found. Despite being an off-year, elections workers say early voting numbers are exceeding expectations. “It’s very critical to us to vote early,” Cuyahoga County voter Linda Frey said. This is especially true with […]

A voter shows identification to an election judge during primary voting on May 3, 2022 in Lordstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

National study shows Ohio suffers from health disparities, impacting voting ability

BY: - October 31, 2023

An analysis of the connection between health outcomes and voting disparities shows Ohio is suffering from barriers to both health and voting access. The nonpartisan coalition Healthy Democracy Healthy People, with researchers from the Network for Public Health Law, updated its Health & Democracy Index this month to compare 12 “public health indicators” and voter […]

Ohio Democratic-stronghold counties exceeding early voting expectations for November election

BY: - October 27, 2023

Voters in Democratic-stronghold counties are showing up in mass to vote early for the November election on abortion and marijuana, exceeding the already unexpectedly large turnout from the August special election. “For these things that are on the ballot right now, which are very important, I just wanted to make sure my vote is in […]

Ohio Republicans promote mail-in, early voting after opposing it

BY: - July 26, 2023

Once a rallying point to exclaim about unsubstantiated fraud, Ohio Republicans are embracing mail-in and early voting ahead of the August 8 special election. Ohioans are showing up to vote on Issue 1, the proposal to make it harder to amend the state Constitution. “We’re encouraging everybody to get out and cast their ballot in the […]

Changes to Ohio voter ID law will impact August 8 election. Here’s how

BY: - July 19, 2023

Early voting is ongoing for the upcoming Aug. 8 special election on Issue 1 that asks voters to make it harder to amend the Ohio Constitution by raising the threshold to 60%. To get to the ballot box, voters need to keep in mind changes made to voter ID laws last year, in a late-night […]

More than 42 million Americans already have voted in the midterms

BY: - November 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 42 million Americans by mid-afternoon on Monday had gotten a jump start on Tuesday’s midterm elections, casting their votes through mail-in ballots or by heading to in-person early voting centers. The United States Election Project’s data showed a significant number of voters continue to prefer voting ahead of Election Day, possibly continuing a […]

One week out, early in-person voting keeps growing while mail voting lags

BY: - November 3, 2022

With just one week until Election Day, early vote figures show a modest increase overall compared to the last midterm cycle. Continuing a trend, big jumps in early in-person voting are compensating for declining absentee ballot requests. At most recent count, 1.24 million voters have requested their ballots early either absentee or through early in-person […]

Early vote figures paint a muddled picture

BY: - October 28, 2022

The latest early voting figures from the Secretary of State’s office show a modest 1.8% increase compared to this point in the last midterm cycle. But there’s an interesting shift happening within those numbers. Absentee ballot requests make up the lion’s share of the more than 1 million ballots cast or requested. They lag 2018 […]

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

BY: - October 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Roughly 9.4 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections, casting a combination of in-person early votes and mail-in ballots, according to data compiled by the United States Elections Project. Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far. The initiative, headed […]

Testy exchanges seen in first hearing on Ohio election changes bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

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

BY: - May 10, 2021

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?

BY: - October 29, 2020

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 […]