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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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President Obama says it's now up to the voters in Ohio and elsewhere
The president underscores familiar themes for the middle class in his speech in Mentor

President Obama was in Mentor over the weekend, his first visit to swing Lake County. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports one the campaign's dash throught the Buckeye State on the only weekend of early voting
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Big crowd at IX Center for Mitt Romney
Indicates a bigger role for Feds in school choice

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney made an appearance yesterday (Sunday) in one of the largest buildings in Ohio. And he attracted what may be his largest and most enthusiastic crowd in the Buckeye State. WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports the candidate sounded optimistic at the very end of his multi-year campaign for the White House.
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Voting machines being calibrated
Electronic terminals are checked before heading to polling places

If they don't have them already, most polling places will see their electronic voting machines delivered today (Monday). WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the procedure to make sure every vote is counted accurately.
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Bill Clinton stops in Akron
Popular former President supports the Obama plan

It’s all hands on deck for the final few days before the presidential election.  Former President Bill Clinton spoke in three cities in Ohio yesterday (Thurs) on behalf of Barack Obama.   WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports on his stop in Akron
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RNC questions accuracy of voting machines
Group asks for recalibration before election day

While many voters remember the controversy of hanging chads in the 2000 presidential election, the Republican National Committee says advances in voting technology may not save us from another recount debacle. The RNC sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asking for all touch screen voting machines to be recalibrated before Tuesday. The letter cites media and citizen reports that some voting machines have populated a vote for President Barack Obama when the voter intended to cast their ballot for Mitt Romney. While the letter doesn’t specify any Ohio counties in particular, it says there have been a significant number of errors across the country. Brad Cromes is the deputy director of the Portage County Board of Elections. He says Portage County has had only one issue with a voting machine this year, and it wasn’t a calibration problem.
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Ohio voting is already under the microscope
Challenges are underway over electronic voting, and much more is expected

Lawyers from both parties, both presidential campaigns and a lot of other organizations are expected to crowd into Ohio next week to watch over voting and to raise questions about whether the vote count is fair. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze notes that a lot of those questions already are in play.
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Rockin the vote at KSU with Tenacious D
Actor Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass get serious, mostly

You could be forgiven for thinking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is holding some special concert this week.  Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, and Kid Rock are all coming to Ohio.  But they’re not selling their music; they’re selling their candidates.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki caught up with the over-the-top hard rock/comedy duo known as “Tenacious D”
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Presidential hopefuls campaign in Ohio
Minor party presidential candidates discuss their stance on taxes and government spending.

Two minor party presidential candidates campaigned in Ohio today. In Columbus, Green Party hopeful Dr. Jill Stein called for higher taxes on the rich to pay for expanded government programs. Libertarian Party hopeful Gary Johnson campaigned in Beavercreek, Bowling Green, and Streetsboro with his call to slash taxes on everyone and drastically cut government spending. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports on their platforms and on a long-shot scenario where one of them helps elect one of the major party candidates they don’t like.
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Presidential camps turn to locals to get out the vote in Ohio
Some are professional campaigners, but the rank and file efforts often rest with your neighbors

Barack Obama won election to office four years ago with a record number of votes. He was helped by a large turnout of African Americans voting for the nation’s first black president.  This year, Mitt Romney hopes to be the first Mormon elected president.  While winning over the hearts and minds of Americans does matter, the final tabulation will depend on who bothers to show up and vote.   WKSU’s Mark Urycki looks at the get-out-the-vote effort in Northeast Ohio.
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Deciding the fate of the last positive legacy of Jimmy Dimora
Bedford Heights residents vote whether remove former mayor Dimora's name from community center.

For better than a decade, the community center in Bedford Heights’ has carried the name of Jimmy Dimora. Tuesday, voters will decide whether to continue that, or to put the last positive legacy of Dimora to rest. WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz reports.
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Observers will be allowed in polling places but aren’t allowed to do much
Jon Husted says they will not be allowed to interact with poll workers or voters

On Election Day, observers will be allowed in polling places throughout Ohio. Secretary of State Jon Husted says these observers have already registered and been approved to watch inside precincts statewide. But he says, in no way, are these observers allowed to interact with poll workers or voters.
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Ann Romney wraps up in Strongsville
Last solo stop for Mrs. Mitt Romney featured anecdotes about family

The surrogate for another presidential hopeful was in Strongsville Thursday, with a message more about character than jobs. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Local taxes still dominate ballots -- at least when it comes to volume
This election, as in all others, voters will decide how to fund everything from parks to schools to libraries.

More than $100 million has been spent in Ohio on ads for the presidential race.  Throw in another $20 million or so on the Senate race. And Northeast Ohio has the most expensive congressional race in the country as well.

But, in some ways this is an election like any other, with ballots filled with the most local form of government: tax levies.  WKSU’s Tm Rudell reports
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Ann Romney in Hamilton
Ann Romney campaigns for husband in Ohio

Ann Romney rallied with her husband's supporters in Ohio today, including at a company in Butler County. She spoke to an audience of several hundred people who gathered at Vinylmax Windows in Hamilton.
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Tourists visit Ohio for "political lifestyle"
London-based company leads group to show America's election process.

Ohioans have been living the battleground state lifestyle for months. For the next few days, a few tourists are coming from the UK to Ohio just for that experience. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
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Obama ahead of Romney in the polls
Two new polls show race in Ohio is tight but President Obama has a slight edge

Two new polls on the presidential race in Ohio show what pollsters have been saying all along in recent days, the race is tight and Election Day turnout will matter. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on what the campaigns are saying about the new polls and the state of the race in Ohio.
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