Jon Husted http://wvxu.org en Ohio Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over voter rights http://wvxu.org/post/ohio-democrats-and-republicans-continue-battle-over-voter-rights <p></p><p>The debate over voting rights in Ohio rages on, unabated. &nbsp;</p><p>Democrats argue that the Republicans in the legislature and the Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, have done everything in their power to make it difficult for Democrats – particularly African-American voters – to cast a ballot.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 28776 at http://wvxu.org Ohio Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over voter rights Why are absentee ballots fading away? http://wvxu.org/post/why-are-absentee-ballots-fading-away <p>As of Thursday, early absentee ballots cast in Hamilton County in the May 6 primary were down 80 percent from what they were four years ago.</p><p>Democrats say this is explained by the fact that, unlike the May 2010 primary, every voter in the county was not mailed an absentee ballot application by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.</p><p>Republicans say it is simply a matter of no big candidate race or ballot issue driving early voters to get their ballots and mail them in – that this is, in fact, a ho-hum election.</p><p>The numbers are really striking.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 25949 at http://wvxu.org Why are absentee ballots fading away? Absentee voting for Ohio's May primary begins today http://wvxu.org/post/absentee-voting-ohios-may-primary-begins-today <p>Voting by absentee ballot and early in-person voting for the May 6 primary began Tuesday at Ohio's 88 county boards of elections.</p><p>Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office said Tuesday county boards of elections had already received nearly 24,000 requests for absentee ballots. They began mailing out the ballots today.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:18:22 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 24964 at http://wvxu.org So, is voting in Ohio easy or not? http://wvxu.org/post/so-voting-ohio-easy-or-not <p>Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, the state’s chief election officer, put out a rather cheery press release this week to let Ohio voters know how well off they are when it comes to early voting.</p><p>“Voting in Ohio is easy,” the headline read, accompanied by a multi-colored graphic showing Ohio and its multiple ways of voting, alongside mean old states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, which Husted said don’t afford voters so many opportunities.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 24225 at http://wvxu.org So, is voting in Ohio easy or not? Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio? http://wvxu.org/post/will-gop-voting-changes-fire-democratic-base-ohio <p>In politics, if you have the numbers, you get to make the rules.</p><p>In Ohio, the Republicans have the numbers – they control both the Ohio House and Senate, they have one of their own in the governor’s office, John Kasich, and a Republican as the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State John Husted.</p><p>What Kasich, Husted and the legislature have done in recent weeks is to wield that power to make some rather big changes in the early voting system Ohio has used since 2006.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 23696 at http://wvxu.org Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio?