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Ohio I voted stickers
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Voter registrations are up in Ohio since November 2016, and that pleases a non-partisan group that encourages increased voter participation.

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters of Ohio says she’s encouraged that, at last check, voter registration rates are up by 2% since the presidential election two years ago.

“We often see a downtick in turnout in midterm elections but this increase seems to indicate an enthusiasm for politics and voting this year.”

Shaun King speaks at Antioch College's Freedom to Vote rally
Dennie Eagleson

The Freedom To Vote rally was held Sunday on the Antioch College campus in Yellow Springs. It was hosted by the College's Coretta Scott King Center and its purpose was raise awareness of the importance of voting and to provide the the opportunity to register to vote.

Civil rights activist and author Shaun King was the keynote speaker.  He told the crowd of more than 250 people that it takes more than a good idea to support a cause.

Wesley Center Members Talk About Freedom During Juneteenth

Jun 24, 2018
Wesley Community Center

June 19, 1865 marks the day slavery was abolished in the United States. One hundred fifty-three years later, people across the country continue to celebrate this victory and recognize there is more work to be done.

Dr. James Dobbins, longtime Dayton Wesley Community Center member, says Juneteenth represents an ongoing need to fight for basic freedoms.

“It signifies a greater issue, which is that freedom is a process, it’s not just an event,” Dobbins says. “

Juneteenth Celebration Focuses On Ohio Voting Rights

Jun 19, 2018
Wesley Community Center

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Ohio can remove voters from registration rolls if they do not return a mailed form confirming their address and then do not vote for the next four years. Dayton Wesley Community Center members say voting is a big component in freedom.

Last weekend, the Wesley Center celebrated Juneteenth, a national holiday recognizing the day slavery was abolished and celebrating African American independence. According to Wesley Center Executive Director Yvette Kelly-Fields, voting rights were highlighted in the Center's celebration.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Ohio’s May 8 primary election. Statewide, some big primaries will determine who will move on to the November general election and potentially win seats in the Ohio House, Senate and Governor’s office.

Sinclair Community College
WYSO/Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Early voting is underway ahead of Tuesday’s elections. In Montgomery County, voters will consider a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.   

May 2 Primary Election Results Summary

May 3, 2017
Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Unofficial results of last night’s primary election are in. The news is mixed for several Miami Valley school districts.

 Voters rejected school construction bond issues for Xenia and Valley View Schools. Voters also rejected a similar bond issue that was set to pay for renovations at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

School-renewal levies passed in Oakwood, Tipp City, Lebanon, and Yellow Springs. Voters in Beavercreek rejected a 6-mill school levy.

Columbia City Blog

Monday, April 3, is the last day to register to vote in the primary election this May.

For the first time, Ohioans can register to vote online at MyOhioVote.com. Voters can also register at their county board of elections office.

School levies, police levies and other tax issues will all be on the May ballot.

Steve Harsman, deputy director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, says voter registration is critical.

Statehouse New Bureau

President Donald Trump says he thinks millions of illegal votes were cast in the November election though there hasn’t been any confirmation of that. So he is calling for a major investigation to look into votes, particularly those in California and New York.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says there is no reason for the federal government to focus on ballots cast here because his office already does post-election investigations into claims of voter fraud and suppression.

“We’ve done one after each general election since I’ve been Secretary of State,” he says.

The 2016 election season has officially come to a close. In today’s Politics Ohio WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Secretary of State Jon Husted about fears of voter fraud that never materialized and new developments in voter registration.

 

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