Showing posts tagged with: "Ohio"

Every Vote Counts . March 6, 2015

Earlier this year, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that in 2014 seven local issues were decided by just one vote or tied. In a press release, his office emphasized that “one person could have made the difference in deciding whether local taxes would go up, bond issues passed or an area restaurant or store could sell liquor.” One... read more

Ohio Proposes Bill for “Voter Registration Awareness Day” . October 16, 2014

On Tuesday, Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose introduced legislation (SB 370) to designate the fourth Tuesday of September as “Voter Registration Awareness Day.” In an interview, LaRose said he got the idea from a group of black religious leaders from Cleveland and noted that a number of civic groups already recognize the fourth Tuesday of... read more

Partner Spotlight: OhioVOTES . August 21, 2012

OhioVOTES, a project of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), is hosting three voter engagement trainings in September. Ohio nonprofits are invited to either Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati to learn how to mobilize and motivate your staff, board, volunteers, and the people your organization serves. The trainings are free and... read more

Ohio Election Law Suspended . October 4, 2011

A controversial Ohio election law (HB 194) set to take effect on Friday has been suspended, pending the outcome of a November 2012 referendum. If implemented, the law would prohibit counties from mailing out unsolicited absentee ballot applications, end the “golden week” when people can register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day,... read more

I Did it All for the Sticker . August 29, 2011

A recent electionline article “Stuck on you” sought to explain the appeal of “I Voted” stickers. Apparently the history of the “I Voted” sticker is unclear, although some historians argue that they were introduced in the 1980s and ElectionStickers.com claims to be the purveyor of the original “I Voted”... read more

Ohio Rejects Voter ID Requirements . August 9, 2011

Although a number of states have enacted photo ID laws since January–Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island (after days of confusion), South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin–not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. Governors have vetoed voter ID laws in Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. Ohio is the latest... read more

Lax NVRA Compliance Leaves Void for Nonprofits to Fill . May 5, 2011

Last month, Project Vote and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint to force Louisiana into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), and ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to register to vote. The suit follows in the wake of other successful complaints in both Ohio and Missouri where the number of voters... read more

Enforcing the Motor-Voter Law . August 10, 2010

The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was designed to increase participation in federal elections. As a provision, state motor vehicle offices began offering clients the opportunity to register to vote, and the law became widely known as the motor-voter law. However, the law also requires public assistance offices to proactively register... read more

Support for Jennifer Brunner – by Jocelyn Travis, OhioVOTES . November 26, 2008

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner worked diligently to prepare our state for the Nov. 4 presidential election by providing clear instructions to the boards of elections and addressing the concerns of citizens, advocate groups and organizations throughout Ohio. Whether fighting litigation that could disenfranchise... read more

Urban Ohio Turns Out in 2008 .

Although statewide numbers are still rolling in, an unofficial victory for urban Ohio: Columbus, historically a lower-than-average turnout area, saw a nearly 5% increase in registered voter turnout in this year, up from 53% in 2004 to 58% in 2008! read more

Cuyohoga County BOE at Festivals this Week . July 15, 2008

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections expects a high voter turnout for the Nov. 4 presidential election and wants all voters to be prepared.So, the CCBOE invites the public to attend voter education presentations throughout the county. The staff will answer questions about absentee voting, hand out Election Day poll worker applications, and provide... read more

Ohio 2008 Primary Report . June 22, 2008

Read OH Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s report on Ohio’s 2008 Primary Election, which outlinesvoter turnout and election procedure improvements since 2004 and identifies the remaining problem areas to resolve for future elections. Recommendations include: clarifying voter ID requirements; improving voter registry accuracy; training... read more