Over the last month, election ads online and on TV and radio have been replaced with the sound of Christmas music and ads for the latest must-have gadget.
With 11 months until November, there’s no reason to think about Election Day 2021, is there?
At the Richland County Board of Elections, planning is already underway. In fact, deadlines for filings and submissions occur on a rather steady basis throughout the year.
In a statement on social media, the Richland County Board of Elections has provided several reminders about the last week of voting in the county in the general election.
In its release, the Board emphasized that details about new polling locations are not recent changes, but those which have changed since the last election due to COVID-19 related factors.
Changes include the following: More…
With 21 days until Election Day, Ohioans are showing up to vote early in record numbers – with triple the number of Ohioans voting at early voting centers across Ohio compared to the same point four years ago. 193,021 Ohioans voted early in-person in the first week compared to 64,312 at the same time in 2016.
Absentee ballot requests increased by 316,033 to a total of 2,470,268 absentee ballot applications received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes 23,853 requests from military and overseas voters. At the same time during the 2016 election, 1,245,670 absentee ballots had been requested.
“Voter enthusiasm is off the charts and we couldn’t be happier,” said LaRose. “We’ve never seen this many people voting early in-person and it demonstrates what Ohioans know to be true – it’s easy to vote in the Buckeye State!” More…
Let’s pose a hypothetical. Divide the state of Ohio into seven regions of similar political views. Would you group Richland County with the Cleveland region? With Columbus? Eastern or Central Ohio?
The Washington Post did just that earlier this week in a post written by David Weigel entitled “The Seven Political States of Ohio.” The piece, the latest in The Post’s profiles of key swing states, sets out to identify how Ohio “ticks” in regard to partisan politics.
If you guessed “Central,” by the way, good for you. Our county was grouped with the entire Columbus exurban area (not including Franklin and Delaware Counties), which also extends west to the Indiana border. More…
By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio is looking like a toss-up state in next month’s presidential election, with numerous polls showing the two candidates in a virtual tie.
The congressional races, meanwhile, are a different story. Few of the results are in doubt, the result of a carefully crafted congressional map that all but ensures uncompetitive elections throughout the state.
That may change when the districts are redrawn next year (following this year’s census) and enacted for the 2022 election.
Until then, political forecasters are predicting few close congressional races in Ohio this fall. More…
As might be expected, 1495 West Longview Avenue in Mansfield is a busy place these days.
The home of the Richland County Board of Elections is also the location for those wishing to vote in person, but before Election Day, to cast their ballots.
Over the last two days — Tuesday was the first date for such voting in Ohio — the Board of Elections has been monitoring the traffic level of voting Richland Countians. What they have found is that the volume of voters is up dramatically over previous election cycles. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The signature-matching requirement for ballots and ballot applications in Ohio are burdensome to voters, but changing the process close to the election could be “particularly damaging,” a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson sided Sunday with Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose when he ruled that LaRose’s July directive ensures integrity in the state’s election procedures.
“Some public officials have unfortunately regularly cast doubt on the security and legitimacy of voting by mail,” Watson wrote in his rejection of a preliminary injunction. “A federal court enjoining part of the State’s procedure for maintaining the security of mail-in voting in the weeks leading up to the election could further undermine public confidence in elections.”
He wrote, “Changing the rules regarding verification of signatures on ballots at this time would be particularly damaging.” More…
By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal
More Ohioans are embracing absentee voting this year than ever before, figures provided by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose show.
A total of 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications had been received by the 88 county boards of elections offices as of Sept. 18, LaRose announced. That includes nearly 400,000 in just the week leading up to that date, meaning Ohio is well on pace to surpass 2 million absentee ballots requested.
The 1.78 million ballot applications received thus far in 2020 is already more than twice as many as received at the same point in 2016, according to LaRose.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose provided this chart showing that absentee ballot requests are way up (at this point in the election cycle) compared to previous years. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI and JULIE CARR SMYTH Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A directive that restricted Ohio counties to one ballot drop box in November was arbitrary and unreasonable, a county judge ruled Tuesday, delivering the Republican secretary of state in the presidential battleground another in a series of blows to his policies.
The office of Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he would soon appeal the decision by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye, assuming the judge follows through and invalidates the secretary’s drop-box order. More…
With news circling around the issue of absentee and mail-in voting, the Richland County Board of Elections has a straightforward and easy way for you to cast your ballot in this year’s General Election before Election Day.
Early, in-person voting will be again be available at the Board of Elections at 1495 West Longview Avenue, in the Lower Level Classroom down the hall from the BOE Office. Hours that you may vote include: More…
The 2020 Ohio Primary Election Day is taking place one week from Tuesday, and the Board of Elections will be open through Monday for early, in-person voting.
The dates and times are set as follows: More…
The Richland County Board of Elections has scheduled a class for Precinct Election Officials (Poll Workers) for the March 17 Primary Election.
This class for new workers has been scheduled for Wednesday evening February 26 at 6:00 PM at the Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Avenue in the Upper Level Classroom. If you enter through the front entrance from the main front parking area, the classroom will be to your right, past the elevators. More…
The Richland County Board of Elections is making it easy this year to vote early. Here are some dates and times to do that, together with some additional dates to remember.
The Board of Elections is open for early voting at 1495 West Longview in Mansfield on the following dates and times: More…
Weren’t able to catch Thursday’s debate between the two candidates for Mansfield Mayor? WMAN has that stream available on demand. Visit the link below.
News from 1400/98.3 WMAN Mansfield, OH … Show More October 17, 2019 * 88 min Mansfield’s largest, and perhaps most significant political debate is was held Thursday October 17 at the Renaissance Theatre. The debate featured incumbent Mayor Tim Theaker and Democratic challenger Councilman Don Bryant. Original airdate: 10/17/19.
The deadline to register to vote or change your address and/or name in the voter registration database for the November 5 General Election is Monday, October 7.
The Richland County Board of Elections office will be open that evening until 9:00 PM. This office is located at 1495 W. Longview Ave. Suite 101 in the Longview Center. After 4:00 P.M., you must use the entrance at the lower lever back parking area at the southwest corner of the building. More…