Early voting

The final early voting numbers for today's primary show a larger turnout through absentee ballot than in the last gubernatorial primary. 

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.


There may be no more "Golden Week" when  Ohioans can register and cast ballots at the same time, if a ruling by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati shortening Ohio’s early voting period holds up.

A federal judge has rejected the state’s request to delay his ruling that brought back the so-called Golden Week in which new voters could register and vote at the same time.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio officials are appealing a ruling by a federal judge that a law trimming early voting in the state is unconstitutional and can't be enforced.

The Ohio Attorney General's office says the state will appeal a judge's ruling that a law trimming early voting is unconstitutional.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Ohio's fall election. Ohioans also have until Monday to update their voter information. 


Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is criticizing a new federal lawsuit against the state's voting procedures as politically motivated.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

Oct 1, 2014

The voter registration deadline for the November election is Monday.

SUPCUS Ruling Leaves Future Of Early Voting Unclear

Sep 30, 2014

Ohioans who planned to vote in person today didn’t get that chance because of an order from the U.S. Supreme Court just hours before the voting window was set to open.

SUPCUS Puts Early Voting On Hold

Sep 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled early voting in Ohio may not start until next week.

Federal Court Upholds Restoration of Early Voting and 'Golden Week'

Sep 24, 2014

A federal appeals court has upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the voting schedule this fall.

A federal appeals court has declined to suspend a judge's order expanding early voting in Ohio this fall while the state seeks to reverse the ruling. 

Minority Democrats in the Ohio Senate are proposing a bill requiring local boards of election to have a minimum amount of early voting hours on weekends and evenings. 

Judge Orders Changes In Early Voting

Sep 5, 2014
State of Ohio

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants the state to appeal a federal district judge's order blocking an Ohio law that trims early voting hours.

Feds Join Challenge Of Ohio Early Voting Rules

Jul 31, 2014

The Justice Department has sided with challengers of early voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin, saying measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. 

A federal judge has denied the Ohio Legislature's request to become part of a lawsuit challenging early voting rules.

US Justice Department May Join Challenge To Ohio Voting Laws

Jul 15, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department may be joining other groups who have gone to court to challenge changes in Ohio’s voting laws.  M.L. Schultze of member station WKSU in Kent reports. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has issued new early voting hours for the final days before Election Day following a federal judge's order last week. 

Judge Orders Restoration Of Early Voting Hours

Jun 12, 2014

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he will follow a federal judge's order to set early voting hours three days before elections are held.

Columbus Event Examines State Voting Law Changes

May 30, 2014

The National Commission on Voting Rights will be in Columbus today for a hearing on cuts to early voting and other recent changes in Ohio voting laws.

A new University of Akron poll asked registered voters about three major issues.

Ohio ACLU Sues State Over Early Voting Restrictions

May 1, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the state in federal court over early voting changes scheduled to take effect this fall.

Ohio's elections chief reminds Ohioans that early voting in the May 6 primary begins for military and overseas voters on Saturday and for others on April 1. 

Ballot Language Approved For Ohio "Voters Bill Of Rights"

Mar 10, 2014

An Ohio group has been cleared to continue its effort to guarantee what it calls certain voter protections in the state constitution.

An Ohio group has refiled its paperwork after hitting a snag in an effort to guarantee certain voter protections in the state constitution.

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.

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.

Legislature Approves Tougher Voting Requirements

Nov 21, 2013

Majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate have approved two bills affecting voter and ballot rules.

In 2008, 105 thousand Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before the general election.