Election Protection

Election Protection is WKSU’s community information initiative focused on access, policy and community resources around voting this November. This election cycle is unprecedented in many ways, and WKSU wants to create clarity around the voting process so that everyone in our community can exercise their right to vote. Our reporters will be gathering information about how to vote, policy issues that affect voting and community resources available to anyone who needs information or help. Connect with WKSU on social media to see all of our Election Protection reporting and resources.

a screen capture of Frank LaRose
AKRON ROUNDTABLE

Some members of Ohio’s congressional delegation penned a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to allow more than one box per county where people can drop off their November election ballots.

LaRose appealed a Franklin County judge’s ruling that would allow multiple drop boxes.

a photo of Summit county ballot drop box
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Lawsuits over the number of ballot drop boxes are making their way through the courts in Ohio, with anger flaring on both sides of what has become an increasingly partisan issue.

Ohio’s Democratic Party wants the secretary of state to allow more than one per county, while Republicans are pushing to keep things as they are.

Kelly Woodward with WKSU’s Election Protection team takes a closer look at the latest fray – and what it means for the health of  democracy in Ohio.

mail box
MARK AREHART / WKSU

 

In Ohio, any registered voter can vote absentee, either by mail or in person at their county board of elections beginning Oct. 6. Given concerns about coronavirus, more folks are expected to opt for the mail this year. More than 1 million voters have already submitted a vote-by-mail application, though the deadline to ask for the mail-in ballots isn’t until Oct. 31. 

 

Key dates for the Nov. 3 election

Voting booth at a polling place
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

You have questions about voting this fall: everything from counting absentee ballots to voting in-person. You asked – we’re answering in this week’s "OH Really?" election-protection conversation with Jen Miller, director of the Ohio League of Women Voters.

photo of absentee ballot request letter
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

More than one million Ohio voters have already sent in applications to vote by mail. But the Secretary of State and the Democrats are in court over whether they can be submitted electronically.

On Friday, Ohio’s 10th Court of Appeals blocked a ruling requiring the state to accept emailed and faxed absentee ballot applications. Earlier that day, a Franklin County judge said state law didn’t specifically prohibit online submissions. Presently, applications must be delivered or mailed.

photo of voting drop box
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

WKSU listeners have been sending in questions about voting this fall, from what happens to absentee ballot applications to the security of each county’s dropbox. We’re answering in our first "OH Really?" election-protection conversation. Jen Miller, director of the Ohio League of Women Voters, begins by discussing why some people are getting multiple absentee ballot applications.