voter rights

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

And it’s sowing the ground for a contested election See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his reelection campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

BY: - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Mailbag: Why aren’t there statewide ballot items in Ohio this year?

BY: - October 8, 2020

The news never stops, and neither does the Mailbag. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics or the elections? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Are there any important statewide ballot initiatives this year? I haven’t heard or seen anything. – Alex Wood, on Twitter.  Answer: Nope! You’ve probably […]

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Young Ohioans excited to cast first presidential ballot in unusual pandemic year

BY: - September 25, 2020

Since he was a little kid, Benjamin Mudrak has looked forward to casting his first ballot for president.  He envisioned a trip to the polling place on Election Day, casting his ballot and getting the “I Voted” sticker at the end.  After many years of waiting, the pandemic changed Mudrak’s plans. The Kent State University […]

Don’t vote twice. Absentee voting is safe and secure, officials say

BY: - September 4, 2020

Ohio elections officials are urging voters to take advantage of absentee voting this fall, noting it is a safe option amid the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump has repeatedly spread misinformation about the practice of voting by mail, and this week has encouraged voters to potentially cast multiple ballots — an illegal practice that is […]

Ohioans can use voter drop boxes in multiple ways this fall

BY: - August 26, 2020

Ohio voter drop boxes are shaping up to play an important role in the election process this fall. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties will feature one drop box and they can be used for more than just dropping off completed ballots. The 88 county boards of election offices must all have their drop boxes installed […]

Elections 2020: LaRose caught between advocates, inactive legislature

BY: - August 5, 2020

Voting rights advocates have identified several changes they believe would make it easier for Ohioans to vote this November. With time running out for the state legislature to enact laws impacting the 2020 General Election, these advocates are pleading for Secretary of State Frank LaRose to take action. LaRose is the statewide official who oversees […]

Ohio Supreme Court restores voting rights proposal after Republicans split it in four

BY: - April 15, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled a decision from Republicans on the Ohio Ballot Board, ordering them to certify that a proposed voter-access referendum only spans a single issue. The Ballot Board — chaired by Secretary of State Frank LaRose — sliced the referendum into four parts in March. This quadrupled the number of […]