Absentee Ballots

A federal district judge has ruled blind Ohio residents have been denied "meaningful access" to the absentee voting system, but implementing changes would fundamentally alter the entire system.

Ohio's elections chief is ordering new procedures for mailed absentee ballots after some weren't counted last year because of missing postmarks. 

Several blind voters and an advocacy group for the blind are suing  Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over the accessibility of paper absentee ballots in the swing state.  

Gubernatorial Candidate Critical Of New Elections Rules

Feb 27, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuayhoga County executive Ed FitzGerald is criticizing a pair of new elections rules, saying they infringe on voting rights.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has signed into law two election-related bills heavily criticized by Democrats. 

Ohio Democratic Party chair and State Representative Chris Redfern says he expects the organization to file a federal lawsuit over an absentee-ballot measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The Ohio House has approved proposals to trim early voting hours and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications.

Ohio Senate Approves Absentee Ballot Bill

Nov 7, 2013

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill restricting who may send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to voters and for what election years.

Debate Over How To Handle Absentee Ballots Continues

Oct 21, 2013

Last year, all Ohio voters got absentee voter applications – whether they requested them or not – as a way to settle a fight over whether counties could send out those forms unsolicited.

An analysis of absentee ballot requests by a University of Dayton history professor shows a significant shift in Republican enthusiasm since 2008.

More than a million of Ohio's nearly 8 million registered voters have taken steps to cast a ballot.