Absentee Ballots

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati  has revived a lawsuit alleging blind Ohioans have been denied "meaningful access" to the absentee voting system.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says absentee ballot requests are higher this year than during the off-year election of 2015.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of an Ohio law changing the standards for absentee and provisional ballots.

Early voter turnout in Franklin County is expected to break a record. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from homeless advocates and the Ohio Democratic Party to ensure more absentee and provisional ballots are counted.

WCBE Files

Officials at the Franklin County Board of Elections say early voting turnout this year is on pace to match the 2012 presidential election.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office says the number of people who have requested absentee ballots ahead of the November election is  957 thousand.

One in seven registered voters in Ohio won't receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail for the upcoming election cycle.

A federal appeals court has blocked rules requiring precise completion of thousands of absentee ballots in swing state Ohio but has upheld other challenged election law changes as legal and not unduly burdensome.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he'll appeal a federal judge's Tuesday ruling blocking rules for how thousands of absentee and provisional ballots are counted.

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.