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Parties battle over proposed elections changes in Ohio 

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Republican sponsors of a bill proposing numerous changes to Ohio election law say they are open to some compromise with Democratic opponents. But this olive branch comes with a warning. “(Democrats) have so far given the back of their hand to a balanced bill,” said Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati. “And the risk that they […]

Cherry bombs in drop boxes? Elections officials say Ohio boxes are secure

BY: - May 27, 2021

Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a number of changes to state elections law, with one of the proposals dealing with the use of ballot drop boxes. House Bill 294, known as the “Ohio Election Security and Modernization Act,” would prohibit counties from placing drop boxes anywhere besides at the boards of elections offices. Voters would […]

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 […]

What changes Ohio elections officials do — and don’t — want to see

BY: - May 11, 2021

The organization representing elections officials throughout Ohio sees a bill proposing numerous elections changes as a mixed bag. There are some provisions in House Bill 294 the Ohio Association of Elections Officials would like to see adjusted, executive director Aaron Ockerman said Monday, while there are others it supports.  One item in particular, to eliminate […]

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: Will the response to Ohio’s voting reforms resemble Georgia?

BY: - May 10, 2021

The U.S. Census Bureau data may be delayed, but the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag is right on time. Let’s get started: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. After the Georgia voting bill passed, lots of folks wished there had been more timely pressure on […]

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Ohio House GOP’s proposed voting law changes, explained

BY: - April 26, 2021

Two Republican lawmakers recently unveiled their election reform bill to colleagues, proposing changes to how Ohioans can register to vote and cast absentee ballots in future elections. The bill has not yet been introduced, but Reps. Bill Seitz of Green Twp. and Sharon Ray of Wadsworth outlined their proposals in a cosponsor request to fellow […]

Householder left off legislative committees as new term gets in full swing

BY: - February 5, 2021

What to know as the 134th Ohio General Assembly’s legislative work ramps up When the Ohio House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus recently announced its committee assignments, one members’ name was noticeably absent: the former House speaker who is on trial for public corruption. Rep. Larry Householder is serving his third term in the 72nd District, […]

Meet the freshmen lawmakers of the 134th Ohio General Assembly

BY: - January 6, 2021

Monday marked the beginning of the 134th Ohio General Assembly, the two-year legislative term that will run through the end of 2022. With each term comes a slate of new faces representing every corner of the state.  Here is a quick introduction to the freshman class of the 134th Ohio General Assembly: Ohio House of […]