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Ohio House committee continues debate on nixing August special elections

BY: - November 30, 2022

A proposal to remove August primary elections in Ohio is supported by a prominent conservative group and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, with both pointing to low voter turnout and high costs. House Bill 458, which passed the Ohio House in 2021, seeks to get rid of August special elections except when a school […]

Ohio election protection group sees annoyances, but no major issues

BY: - November 8, 2022

Election protection groups say Tuesday’s in-person voting went smoothly, save for a few incidents of “heckling” and one instance where technical difficulties caused long waits at the polls.  Other than a few “weird circumstances,” as Common Cause Ohio executive director Catherine Turcer called them, Ohioans were able to vote confidently if they chose to do […]

Election-denying Secretary of State candidate asks state supreme court to allow ‘election observers’

BY: - October 18, 2022

An Ohio Secretary of State candidate who denied the validity of the 2020 election has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel the use of election observers in the November election. Terpsehore Maras, a podcaster who has also espoused QAnon conspiracy theories, filed a lawsuit against incumbent Secretary of State Frank LaRose, hoping to compel […]

Ohio Republicans up and down the ballot claimed fraud in 2020 election

BY: - October 13, 2022

Ohio’s upcoming elections are flush with Republicans who denied the reality of the last one. In races for Congress, statewide offices, and seats in the state legislature, Republicans up and down the ballot have alleged voter fraud in 2020. In some cases, they baselessly claimed the scale of the fraud was enough to tip the […]

LaRose announces election ‘public integrity division’

BY: - October 6, 2022

The state’s elections chief is pulling together a new method that he hopes will bolster trust in November’s general election, and others in the future. State Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office announced the “public integrity division,” which it says “consolidates many of the office’s current investigative functions, including campaign finance reporting, voting system certification, […]

After suing to delay a primary, LaRose blasts using courts to change election law

BY: - August 5, 2022

With COVID-19 quickly emerging as a new and lethal public health risk, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined the governor in announcing a bold and controversial move. They had organized plaintiffs, all in fragile states of health, to file a lawsuit in an effort to move Ohio’s March 2020 primary that was slated to […]

LinkedIn co-founder pours money into Ohio races

BY: - July 26, 2022

The co-founder of LinkedIn, a Silicon Valley-based professional networking website, poured more than $82,000 into Ohio’s statewide and legislative races this year, campaign finance records show. The contributions from Reid Hoffman — a venture capitalist who was also an early executive of PayPal — make him the second most prolific individual donor in state politics […]

Ohio Supreme Court sides with Sec. of State in candidacy case impacting August primary

BY: - July 19, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously sided with Secretary of State Frank LaRose in denying a candidate a place on the August primary ballot, and refusing more time for candidates to file for the primary. The decision means candidacy declarations filed after May 4 won’t be accepted for the primary, and write-in candidates who filed after […]

In town hall, Renacci embraces culture wars in primary against DeWine

BY: - April 22, 2022

In a televised town hall, Jim Renacci made a case steeped in conservative culture wars as to why he should represent Ohio Republicans as a gubernatorial candidate. During the 30-minute event, the former congressman blamed “illegal immigrants” for record drug overdose deaths in Ohio; pledged to take on “critical race theory;” and criticized what he called […]

Ohio law would tighten voter requirements, require photo ID

BY: - April 11, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A proposed law would require Ohio voters to show photo identification […]

GOP Rep: Supreme Court should pay for 2nd primary after overturning redistricting maps

BY: - April 6, 2022

With likelihood growing of state lawmakers establishing a new date for a legislative primary, a freshman Republican proposed requiring the Ohio Supreme Court to fund the roughly $25 million election. State Rep. Ron Ferguson, of Wintersville, unveiled the proposal to reporters on Tuesday. This comes after the Ohio Supreme Court has rejected three sets of […]

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New DeWine ad fails to show full picture of candidate’s history

BY: - April 5, 2022

“He’s not afraid of the tough fights.” The opening line in the first statewide TV commercial from Gov. Mike DeWine’s re-election campaign describes someone Ohio voters don’t know. It pictures a governor looking stern and striding resolutely with law enforcement. Heavy on campy cliché but laughably bogus. DeWine is no principled warrior who “fights and […]