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Is Frank LaRose proving that Ohio needs a neutral, non-partisan elections chief?

BY: - September 1, 2023

What would the NCAA do if the head referee in the Ohio State-Michigan game spent his free time leading rallies and fundraisers for the Wolverines? Even if he assured fans he’d be neutral for the game itself, Buckeye nation would never believe him.  This scenario just happened in the political arena, in the campaign surrounding […]

Ohio counties need more poll workers for August Special Election

BY: - August 4, 2023

Twenty-three Ohio counties don’t have the minimum number of poll workers needed for Tuesday’s special election.  These counties don’t have enough poll workers as of Thursday morning: Ashtabula, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Defiance, Fulton, Greene, Harrison, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby, Stark, Trumbull, Van Wert, Warren and Washington. Currently, 32,310 poll […]

Supporters of recreational marijuana in Ohio have 10 days to collect about 700 valid signatures for ballot

BY: - July 25, 2023

Not enough valid signatures were collected to put recreational marijuana on Ohio’s November ballot.  The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol submitted 123,367 valid signatures, but 124,046 signatures were needed. Supporters will now have 10 days to collect the needed 679 valid signatures.  “It looks like we came up a little short in this first […]

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Photo by WEWS.

Concerns raised over Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose’s ethics before contentious August election

BY: - July 19, 2023

Voting rights advocates are raising concerns about Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s involvement in the ballot issue he is supporting ahead of the election he is overseeing. LaRose has announced his U.S. Senate campaign bid, another task on his already-busy plate. He is in charge of running Ohio’s elections, with a contentious special election […]

Ohio Secretary of State rejected old absentee forms for Issue 1, then allowed supporters to use them

BY: - July 14, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seems to have selectively applied the rules around Ohio law to benefit Issue 1 supporters after they made a mistake by sending out old absentee ballot request forms. Within hours, LaRose announced they were OK to use, but in June, when a Cleveland newspaper printed old forms, dozens of […]

Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose sends out fundraising request disguised as important letter

BY: - May 30, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose sent out a fundraising request disguised as an important letter, confusing and upsetting voters. Normally, Bill Joiner just throws political mail aside, but this one looked official. Obtained by OCJ/WEWS, the letter’s return address states “Secretary of State Frank LaRose.” Beneath it, “DO NOT DISCARD OR DESTROY,” also including […]

Photo of a voting booth by WEWS.

Shaker Heights man indicted for 2020 voter fraud; Ohio has since left system that caught him

BY: - April 27, 2023

A man from Shaker Heights has been indicted for voter fraud after a national bipartisan system caught him allegedly double voting. Just weeks ago, Ohio left the organization responsible for finding fraud due to “political” differences. James Dalton Saunders, a 57-year-old attorney, voted in both Ohio and Florida in the 2020 and 2022 general elections, […]

A behind-the-scenes look at how Ohio enacted the most restrictive voter photo ID law in America

BY: - March 1, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 458 on Jan. 6, enacting what’s been called one of the most restrictive voter-ID laws in the country.  Public records obtained by the Ohio Capital Journal show how the law moved through the process, with lawmakers often ignoring moderation suggestions proposed by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office […]

Few tight races in Ohio, but ballots still to be counted

BY: - November 11, 2022

Most races in Ohio have enough votes to make them definitive (though election results are still unofficial), but for any races that might be close enough, there are still some ballots to be counted. As state law dictates, if a voter goes to a polling place on election day, but their eligibility is in question, […]

Ohio Republicans sweep reelections of attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, and treasurer

BY: - November 9, 2022

Republican incumbents won the day in races for Ohio’s attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, and treasurer, according to unofficial general election results. Attorney General Dave Yost fought back attacks for his role in the abortion ban now indefinitely blocked in Ohio, and reports of a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled out of state for […]

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 […]