Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
State News
Ohio Secretary of State Reports Surge in Absentee Ballot Requests
2020-09-22 20:43:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With just 42 days to go before Election Day, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications have been received by the county boards of election, including a whopping 385,657 in the... Read More

LaRose Appealing Order to Permit More Than One Ballot Drop Box Per County
State News
LaRose Appealing Order to Permit More Than One Ballot Drop Box Per County

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Franklin County judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday permitting the installation of more than one ballot drop box per county ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In handing down his decision, however, Franklin County... Read More

Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches
2020 Elections
Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohioans stake the names of their preferred candidates in the November election outside their homes, a new form of activism is showing up alongside the traditional candidate yard signs. Absentee ballot requests, voter registration forms and... Read More

Cost, Hassle of Stamps Questioned as Mail-In Voting Surges
2020 Elections
Cost, Hassle of Stamps Questioned as Mail-In Voting Surges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle. Bryant, 63, doesn't have $10 for a... Read More

Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020 Elections
Ohio To Send Absentee Ballot Requests To All Registered Voters
2020-06-17 15:40:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Monday that absentee ballot requests will be mailed to the state’s 7.8 million registered voters ahead of the November election. “For nearly a decade, Ohioans have received an absentee ballot request ahead... Read More

Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
Law
Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
2020-03-31 16:08:39
by Dan McCue

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel held that the Supreme Court has already "spoken clearly" on a woman's right to abortion and therefore Texas... Read More

Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
Political News
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
2020 Elections
After Ohio 'Chaos' DNC Urges Remaining Primary States to Rethink Methods
2020-03-18 15:48:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The head of the Democratic party asked the remaining primary states on Tuesday to embrace alternatives like voting by mail during the coronavirus crisis, rather than entertain last-minute cancellations of the vote that would only bread "more chaos... Read More

Ohio Primary Date Change Inspires Multiple Lawsuits
State News
Ohio Primary Date Change Inspires Multiple Lawsuits

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State government leaders were preparing for a legal battle and they got it over the last-minute decision late Monday to postpone Ohio’s primary election over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The Ohio Democratic Party and Kiara... Read More

Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
State News
Ohio Primary Election Called Off, Despite Judge’s Ruling
2020-03-17 13:54:02
by Dan McCue

After hours of confusion the Ohio primary scheduled to be held Tuesday has been canceled by order of the state Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton. Acton's decision, announced shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night, capped a seven-hour period when it... Read More

Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest
State News
Hearing on Ohio Bill to Limit Protest Ends in — What Else? — Protest

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The chairman on an Ohio legislative committee Wednesday told a packed room that he wouldn’t hear spoken testimony on a bill that most in the audience believe is intended to stifle protest. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the matter ended... Read More

Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020 Elections
Yang, Delaney and Weld Fail to Qualify for Ohio Primary Election Ballots
2020-01-07 21:05:15
by Dan McCue

Two Democrats and one Republican have failed to qualify for certification to appear on ballots in the 2020 Ohio presidential primary election. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Tuesday that entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney... Read More

Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High
State News
Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was 7:30 a.m. inside a nearly vacant Giant Eagle grocery store in New Albany, but in the back corner there were 18 people standing outside the shuttered liquor section. The liquor store didn’t open until 9... Read More

18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
State News
18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
2019-12-12 14:36:08
by Dan McCue

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in the 2018 mid-term election. Secretary Frank LaRose said the voters were identified through the Electronic Registration Information Center, a coalition... Read More

Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama
State News
Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Secretary of State’s office was the subject of a thwarted foreign cyberattack on Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that the so-called “SQL injection” attack was detected by the state’s internal... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure
State News
Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal from a Dayton-area abortion clinic ordered closed by state health officials. The justices voted 4-3 on Aug. 21 not to review the case, with... Read More

Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries
Marijuana
Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio doled out medical marijuana dispensary licenses, state officials took location into account. The idea was to grant licenses to a geographically diverse set of applicants so all patients, regardless of their hometown, had access to... Read More

The Messy Politics of Voter Purges
Voting
The Messy Politics of Voter Purges

WASHINGTON — For the first time ever, Ohio this year lifted the veil on its voter purging system. It left the state astonished. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican who has focused on modernizing the state’s elections system, announced... Read More

In Ohio Battleground, 2020 Race Will be a Fight for The Suburbs
2020 Elections
In Ohio Battleground, 2020 Race Will be a Fight for The Suburbs

Donald Trump may not be able to count on the affluent Ohio suburbs that all modern Republican presidents have relied on to deliver winning margins in a must-win battleground state. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio.... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Sends Ohio Gerrymandering Case Back to Lower Court for Dismissal
State News
U.S. Supreme Court Sends Ohio Gerrymandering Case Back to Lower Court for Dismissal
2019-10-08 18:18:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday returned a legal challenge to Ohio's politically gerrymandered congressional districts to a lower court, which is expected to dismiss the case in light of a high court ruling in June that federal... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain
Criminal Justice
Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he’s being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn’t amount to cruel and unusual punishment. A three-judge panel of the court,... Read More

Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue
State News
Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. District Judge James L. Graham on Tuesday chose not to delay Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s purge of 235,000 people on Ohio voter registration rolls planned for Friday. LaRose spokeswoman Maggie Sheehan said, “Obviously we’re happy... Read More

Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions
State News
Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio lawmaker intends to introduce a bill to allow state prison officials to used seized fentanyl to execute prisoners residing on death row. In a Monday evening email to his colleagues, state Rep. Scott Wiggam, a... Read More

Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings
In The News
Trump Faces Cool Reception In Planned Visits to Cities Hit By Mass Shootings

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will seek to console the grief-stricken residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday — a presidential duty he’s never quite mastered and that is made harder by local reluctance about his visit. The... Read More

As El Paso Mourns Shooting Victims, Gun Massacre Strikes Dayton
Guns
As El Paso Mourns Shooting Victims, Gun Massacre Strikes Dayton

EL PASO, Texas — The bodies still lay in the aisles of Walmart. Police officials in this border city had yet to release the 20 victims’ names, adding them to the long list of mass-shooting casualties in this gun-rich country.... Read More

Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says
State News
Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that state prison officials can’t find any company willing to supply drugs as an execution alternative to one that essentially has been declared cruel and unusual. He said he would talk... Read More

Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
Supreme Court
Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
2019-05-13 23:13:24
by Dan McCue

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court orders to rectify partisan gerrymanders. In Ohio, a three-judge panel ruled that the state's congressional district map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered... Read More

Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
Elections
Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
2019-05-03 20:44:32
by Dan McCue

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans and ordering that the districts be redrawn for the 2020 elections. The unanimous decision said that as drawn the map... Read More

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