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House Republicans propose voter photo ID law, ending most absentee voting, and more

BY: - August 18, 2021

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives proposed sweeping voting restrictions last week that would impose new hurdles for voters to register and cast a ballot. The legislation, if passed, would require voters to present state issued photo identification to vote, eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, prohibit the use of ballot drop boxes and more. House […]

An Ohio County needed new voter machines. Election conspiracies complicated everything

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that Stark County must purchase voting machines from a company baselessly accused by the former president and his allies of rigging an election. The dispute traces back to the Stark County Board of Elections’ December 2020 directive to the county commission to purchase its new machinery from Dominion […]

Early voting underway in Ohio for May 2021 primary election

BY: - April 9, 2021

It is election season once again in Ohio, though you may or may not have something to vote for this spring. Early voting has begun for the May 2021 primary election, which features tax levies and other local government races throughout the state. The easiest way to check if you have a local issue to […]

Which areas of Ohio went the most for Trump and Biden in 2020?

BY: - February 5, 2021

There were plenty of Donald Trump voters living on the north side of Wooster who cast ballots at the Parkview Christian Church last November. There were plenty of Joe Biden voters, too. The Wayne County seat in northeast Ohio was relatively split between the two candidates, with some precincts in town giving a slight edge […]

Ohio bartender and her ‘militia’ drove to D.C. to join the Capitol breach

BY: - January 13, 2021

A Champaign County bartender who runs a self-identified militia, joined by three others in her unit, drove to Washington D.C. last week to join what descended into a seditious mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol. Jessica Watkins, 38, a bartender, said she doesn’t consider herself as having committed a crime — she said she didn’t […]

Ohio GOP lawmakers, without evidence, cry fraud on Biden win

BY: - November 9, 2020

As a presidential election teetered toward Joe Biden, several House Republican lawmakers in Ohio took to their social media accounts to allege, without evidence, systemic voter fraud. The state lawmakers largely parroted President Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night and subsequent campaign messaging, which alleged a wide-ranging conspiracy essentially accusing several cities of pulling Democratic votes […]

As Ohio votes, the coronavirus thrives

BY: - November 3, 2020

More Ohioans are in the hospital with COVID-19 on Election Day than at any other point during the pandemic, according to Tuesday data from the Ohio Department of Health. About 4,200 Ohioans contracted COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting the latest new case record since the virus resumed its surge in late September. More […]

Bill seeking to prohibit ‘election intimidation’ introduced in Ohio House

BY: - November 2, 2020

A bill regarding election protections was introduced last week by a Democratic Ohio House member. Though the House won’t come back into session to consider the bill until after the general election, state Rep. Adam Miller, D-Columbus, filed the bill that would bar any “reckless attempts” to force a voter to reveal who they voted […]

State Senate candidate files defamation suit against opponent

BY: - October 19, 2020

A candidate for the Ohio Senate’s 18th district filed a defamation complaint against her opponent in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas. Betsy Rader, the Democratic candidate in the race, accused challenger Jerry Cirino and the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee of running attack ads on media outlets throughout the county claiming Rader defended bosses at a […]

Ohio Supreme Court candidates talk impartiality, inequity

BY: - October 15, 2020

The roles Ohio Supreme Court justices should avoid are just as important as the roles they do play, according to justices and the judges vying for two spots on the state’s highest court. In a recent forum hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission, Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Judith French, and their challengers, Cuyahoga Court of […]

Amid an outbreak of political violence, Ohio prepares for an election

BY: - October 13, 2020

On Aug. 11, 2017, James Fields Jr. drove alone, overnight from his home in Maumee, Ohio to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in an alt-right rally where men marched and chanted that “Jews will not replace us.” The avowed neo-Nazi drove his car into a 32-year-old woman who came to counter-protest, killing her and injuring at […]

‘No ordinary time’: COVID-19’s 14-day blitz in Ohio

BY: - March 24, 2020

Two weeks ago, public health officials first detected three cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Ohio. The next 14 days were a whirlwind of 439 subsequent positive diagnoses, six deaths caused by the virus, a primary election postponed with 12 hours’ notice, a blanket cancellation of K-12 in-person classes, and […]