Election 2020

In This Election Year: Ohioans Want To Rise Above The Numbers

Jul 13, 2020
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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The past two decades have not been kind to most of Ohio.

With one of the nation’s most significant declines in household income, among the largest  job losses and an aging, less-educated population, the effects can be seen in people and neighborhoods.

Your Voice Ohio is a project that's intended to close the gap between political journalists and mmbers of the community.
Your Voice Ohio

There’s just four months left until the 2020 presidential election, and Ohio stands to play a critical role. Like we did in 2016, WYSO News has joined a statewide collaborative called Your Voice Ohio. It’s a project that’s intended to create a two-way conversation between community members and political journalists in the run up to Election Day.

The collaborative is being headed up by Doug Oplinger, the former managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and a journalist in Ohio for over 45 years. WYSO News Director Jason Saul called him up to learn more about the project.

As preparations continue for the November vote, elections officials are struggling with how to allow safe access for all voters. And part of that strategy involves creating barriers.

Ohio has more of an idea about what this November’s election will look like now that the state’s election chief has handed down a directive outlining details to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. 

Join WYSO And Your Voice Ohio, Share Your Thoughts Ahead Of 2020 Elections

Jun 22, 2020

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Want to express your thoughts about the upcoming elections and issues that are important to you? The Your Voice Ohio project and WYSO are partnering to sponsor a series of online conversations so that you can contribute to presidential election coverage in Ohio. 

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Cars lined up along the curb and voters got out to drop off their ballots this morning outside the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

Today’s almost all mail-in primary election has created a lot of unusual changes for county election boards across the state. Ohioans with disabilities and those without a home mailing address are still permitted to vote in-person. Voters who requested an absentee ballot by the deadline but did not receive it in the mail can also show up in person to request a provisional ballot. 

As of this morning, Montgomery County had about 15,000 unreturned ballots. That made it hard to predict how many people would drop off their ballot or vote in person. 

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Ohio’s almost entirely mail-in-primary election is coming up on Tuesday, April 28th. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by April 27th. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your board of elections before 7:30 on election day. In-person voting for Ohioans with disabilities and those without a home mailing address will still take place on April 28th.