Voting Rights

COMMENTARY

Black churches can lead the way on voting rights

BY: - June 23, 2021

By Rev. Susan K. Smith and Rev. Levon C. Manzie We suspected it for years, and now we know it: Jim Crow was never dead. You might even say he was too mean to die. We know this because in too many places, the forces of racism are raging as laws aimed squarely at suppressing […]

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in the states

BY: - March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” Biden specifically referenced proposals like those working their way through Georgia’s state Capitol, where a final vote loomed on a GOP-drafted bill that would […]

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How national voting rights bill would impact Ohio’s election system

BY: - March 9, 2021

As state legislatures across the country consider how to alter their election systems, Democrats in Congress are pushing for nationwide reforms they say would make voting more accessible to all Americans.  Several of the changes outlined in House Resolution 1 are already in place here in Ohio. Groups making up the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition […]

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 5, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. From Ohio, all 12 Republican congressmen opposed the bill while all four Democrats representatives supported it. […]

Unfinished business: 5 legislative priorities in Ohio pushed to 2021

BY: - December 29, 2020

The 133rd Ohio General Assembly wrapped up its term with a flurry of lame-duck activity last week, closing out a challenging year of legislating amid a global pandemic.  Lawmakers hurried to get priority bills passed and sent to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for a signature before the two-year term ended. There were, however, a number […]

There were many efforts to change Ohio election laws in 2020, but few succeeded

BY: - December 22, 2020

More Ohioans voted in the 2020 General Election than in any other election in state history. Elections officials, voter rights advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are still looking into ways to improve voting access for the years to come.  There were numerous legislative efforts to change Ohio’s elections system in big […]

Mailbag: How can someone with COVID-19 vote this year?

BY: - October 29, 2020

The election season is wrapping up, but the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag carries on. Let’s get to it:  Got a question about Ohio politics? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb.  Who makes the “call” in Ohio that a candidate has enough votes tallied to declare the winners of the election? Is this […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]