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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Cleared by the courts, Ohio's provisional ballot count to begin
No difference in the presidential or senatorial contests, but statehouse and local results could change

A federal appeals court has cleared the way and Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections will start counting provisional ballots tomorrow . That’s the first day allowed by state law. Matt McClellan is spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State's office. He notes that provisional ballots are cast when questions are raised at the polls on election day. And the 10-day delay in counting them is to allow boards of elections to verify the information.
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Cupp says he won't go for Ohio Supreme Court appointment
He says he doesn't want an appearance that he'd be currying favor wiith Gov. Kasich

A justice bounced from the Ohio Supreme court by voters last week won’t try to stay on the court, even though a vacancy is coming up. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.
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Thanks from California to that undecided voter in Ohio
And maybe some day, they'll meet and sort the whole thing out

In the last minutes of the election, an Obama campaigner in California made a connection with an undecided voter in Ohio. As he explains in this commentary, Andrew Lewis would like to find a way to keep that connection going.
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State GOP lawmakers move to put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the funding list
They argue it increases options; opponents say it puts government in control of women's decisions

An Ohio House committee has recommended a bill that would re-prioritize funding for family planning services so that Planned Parenthood would be last on the list. The organization estimates that could cost it more than a million dollars for birth control services it provides to low-income Ohio women. But backers of this plan say it’s about giving women more choices. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.
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One vote separates winner from loser in Massillon
It's among a handful of issues where close votes make the provisional ballot counts crucial come Saturday

When the vote counts were done a week ago, Northeast Ohio had a dozen or so winners and losers separated by just a handful of votes.  For all of them, the results will rest with “provisionals” – those ballots set aside on Election Day, usually because of voter registration or identification issues. County elections officials are vetting them now and will start counting the legit ones on Saturday.  And WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that no one will be watching the count more closely than Massillon.
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The sound of political silence descends on Ohio
The election was messy, loud, nagative, and an affirmation of democracy

A kind of eerie silence has settled over Ohio in the last week, as the press, politicians and pundits have moved on. And in a way, Richard Perloff misses the cacophony. The Cleveland State University political science professor says the 2012 presidential campaign was raucous, annoying and omnipresent – and a great affirmation that democracy still thrives.
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State House races could be heading for a recount
None fall within the automatic recount margin, but two Democrats and a Republican are within striking distance -- and provisional ballots could make a big difference

Several Statehouse races could hang on the provisional ballots that Ohio’s boards of elections won’t even begin counting until Saturday.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the impact of election results that begin coming in long after Election Day.
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Campus voter registration under scrutiny
Students fail to show up on voter rolls.

This week’s election in Ohio was clear enough that agonizing re-counts are not necessary.  But a few irregularities are raising suspicions of voter scams.   WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports one drawing attention is at Kent State University
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Democrats are already lining up to unseat Kasich
The Ohio Democratic Party started planning the campaign as soon as President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown were re-elected

Ohioans are still recovering from the brutal, expensive political marathon that the 2012 campaign was. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler says some partisans were thinking ahead to the next campaign at the party on election night.
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Ohio’s top election official scolds both parties
Jon Husted says democrats and republicans are exaggerating issues to get the policies they want

Ohio’s top elections official is telling Democrats and Republicans alike to stop exaggerating problems with the election process and rules. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
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GOP lawmakers may take another whack at early voting, ID rules
Earlier attempts to scale back hours led to lawsuits, which Democrats won

The lame duck session of the Ohio Legislature is coming up in the next few weeks. And there’s talk about whether lawmakers again try to change the rules for voting – specifically requiring voter IDs and eliminating early in person weekend voting opportunities. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the continuing controversy.  
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Surprise! No Ohio suprises


Perhaps the biggest surprise on Tuesday night was that there were no big surprises… no weeks of waiting while Ohio counted provisional ballots and voting-rights suits played out in the courts. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with political scientist John Green about what Ohio voters were feeling -- and how that once again reflected the nation.  
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Jim Renacci wins 16th District
Hard-fought race sees three-term Congresswoman Betty Sutton lose 52 percent to 48

One of the most expensive and bitter Congressional campaigns in the country has careened to its conclusion, and incumbent Republican Jim Renacci triumphed over incumbent Democrat Betty Sutton. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Brown calls his victory one for the middle class
Incumbent Democrat held the lead all night, and ended up beating challenger Mandel by 5 points

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has won a second term defeating challenger, State Treasurer Josh Mandel by about five percentage points in one of the most expensive – and nastiest -- Senate races in history. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.
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Voters sink Port Authority levy
Would have been first port tax increase in over 40 years

Voters across Cuyahoga County were in no mood to pay higher taxes for shipping needs at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The .67 mill levy only got 43% of voters' support. Will Friedman, president and CEO of the port, says the levy’s failure means it will be harder to attract state and federal dollars.  But, he says the loss won’t severely impact the port’s operations since the money was largely intended for improvement projects along the Cuyahoga River.
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Akron, Cleveland schools pass levies
Tax issues approved resoundingly

School officials in Cleveland and Akron are celebrating today (Wednesday) after voters resoundingly approved levies on Tuesday's ballot for both districts. From member station WCPN in Cleveland, Michelle Kanu reports the tax increases mean the districts can avoid making some cuts to programs later this year.
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