absentee voting http://wvxu.org en Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat http://wvxu.org/post/howard-wilkinsons-monday-morning-politics-chat-2 <p>WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talks politics with Maryanne Zeleznik. Today's topics: Absentee balloting in Hamilton County and the Republican National Committee site selection committee's visit to Cincinnati Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:19:41 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 26027 at http://wvxu.org Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat 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 New absentee ballots going out to thousands http://wvxu.org/post/new-absentee-ballots-going-out-thousands <p>Approximately 3,000 Cincinnati voters who have already been mailed absentee ballots will be getting a second one in the mail soon, thanks to an Ohio Supreme Court decision last week.<br /><br />They&#39;ll also be getting a letter from the Hamilton County Board of Elections asking them to re-vote their new absentee ballots and return them to the board.<br /> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:10:26 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 18393 at http://wvxu.org Is Cincinnati headed for the lowest turnout ever? http://wvxu.org/post/cincinnati-headed-lowest-turnout-ever <p>Yes, Cincinnati has a costly and contentious mayor&rsquo;s race going on.</p><p>Yes, there is a mob of 21 candidates scrambling to win one of nine seats on city council. And, yes, there are plenty of controversial issues, from the streetcar to the parking lease to the city&rsquo;s woeful pension system, for the candidates to argue about.</p><p>And yet, the truth is, there are clear indications that Nov. 5 will see the lowest turnout election in Cincinnati in many a decade. Maybe ever.</p><p>And what is the particular tea leaf we can read that would lead us to this conclusion?</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 18318 at http://wvxu.org Is Cincinnati headed for the lowest turnout ever?