Ohio Democratic Party

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters takes oath on zoom
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party has a new chair. Summit County Council woman Liz Walters was elected last night by the party’s executive committee. 

Antoinette Wilson (top) and Liz Walters (bottom)
Jo Ingles

Ohio Democrats are set to pick their new party chair Thursday. And party insiders are starting to rally around two of their six choices. 

Former Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party will soon have a new chair. David Pepper resigned last month. Whoever succeeds him will lead a party that has been in the minority at the Statehouse for most of the last 20 years, and in the last decade has not won a state-level office, save for three Supreme Court Justice seats. 

Katie Paris, Red Wine and Blue
Jo Ingles

Unofficial results show Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden won seven Ohio counties – one less than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016. But while President Trump won the state, it appears Biden won more votes than Clinton. Suburban women boosted Democrats in this election but those gains were offset by losses in other areas where Democrats have been successful in the past. 

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Jo Ingles

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s name has been mentioned as a possible choice for a cabinet pick if Democrat Joe Biden gets elected as president. And while that might be attractive to some, the leader of Ohio's Democratic Party says it's not something many Ohio Democrats support.

Cuyahoga County drop box
Jo Ingles

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is allowing more drop boxes but they are must be on the property of local boards of elections. 

Lake County drop box
Abigail Bottar, WKSU

The Tenth District Court of Appeals has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can allow more ballot drop boxes ahead of the November election. But the ruling stopped short of ordering him to add the boxes.

Dan Konik

An appeals court has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow online absentee ballot requests for Ohioans who want to vote by mail. 

The ballot drop box at the Delaware County Board of Elections has a drive thru behind the building.
Jo Ingles

With under two weeks to go before early voting begins, two courts are still considering the arguments over whether Ohio’s counties will be allowed to have more than one ballot drop box. 

Cuyahoga County Ballot Drop Box
Statehouse News Bureau

There are four different lawsuits pending right now over Ohio’s voting processes. They range from the way absentee ballot requests can be made to how mail-in ballots can be returned to boards of elections.

Cuyahoga County drop box
Statehouse News Bureau

The Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge who ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose should and could allow more ballot drop boxes has issued yet another ruling. Last night, the judge granted a preliminary injunction to allow county boards of elections to install drop boxes. 

Sec. of State Frank LaRose
Jo Ingles

The Franklin County Court that yesterday ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose could and should allow installation of more ballot drop boxes throughout Ohio has taken another action. That same court is asking LaRose to explain comments made by his office that indicate he’ll keep in place a directive that prohibits additional drop boxes. 

Lake County drop box
Abigail Botter, WKSU

A Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled additional drop boxes can be installed prior to the November election if Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants them. 

Sec. of State Frank LaRose
Jo Ingles

One of the lawsuits filed over voting in Ohio saw some action this weekend, as Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose received an emergency stay to keep him from having to accept absentee ballot requests by fax or email. 

Statehouse News Bureau

A Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge has ruled Ohioans can apply for absentee mail-in ballots online. 

The ballot drop box at the Delaware County Board of Elections has a drive thru. But it's behind the building near the dumpsters.
Jo Ingles

After weeks of pressuring the state to add more ballot drop boxes, the Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow county boards of elections to install more of them.

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.
Karen Kasler

The state’s Republican chief elections officer and Ohio Democrats continue to battle over installing additional drop boxes where absentee voters could deposit their ballots if they’re concerned about the security and speed of mailing them in this fall. 

Cuyahoga County ballot drop box
Statehouse News Bureau

Groups representing voters say they fear possible consolidation of polling places this November due to coronavirus concerns will lead to long lines, similar to those many Ohioans experienced when they voted in 2004. The head of Ohio’s Democratic Party is recommending using more drop boxes. 

Joe Biden did a campaign stop in Columbus in March, a few weeks before COVID-19 shutdowns began.
Daniel Konik

A little over two weeks before the Democratic National Convention meets mostly virtually, Ohio Democrats held their own virtual convention this weekend – hearing presentations from the party’s likely nominee and the woman who may be his running mate.

Dan Konik

COVID-19 closed down the March primary election, and lawmakers extended the absentee ballot deadline to late April.  Voter rights groups are asking state lawmakers to reform voting laws now, to avoid confusion before the November election. But they are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to which reforms should be made. 

Andriiii, Shutterstock.com

Non-essential businesses that were closed during the past month due to COVID-19 are now starting to reopen. But some worry that’s happening too quickly without proper safeguards.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed Election Day. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper
Statehouse News Bureau

Some of the Democratic party’s top fundraisers, including union groups and some of President Obama’s top campaign supporters, are organizing a massive campaign in six battleground states this year. Ohio is not one of them. Does this mean the Buckeye State is no longer thought of by national Democrats as a swing state? 

Demonstrators in Columbus, December 17, 2019
Dan Konik

Democrats are looking to 2020 with optimism. Party leaders say they are seeing signs that areas of Ohio that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 and Republican statewide leaders in 2018 are ready to vote for Democrats in 2020. And they say they have a plan to make that happen.

Otterbein University
Dan Konik

Otterbein University, located in the central Ohio suburb of Westerville, is preparing for thousands of people to flock to its campus to watch the fourth Democratic presidential debate. The party sees this as an opportunity to try and win over a block of voters that usually vote for Republicans.

Voters outside Franklin County Voting Center
Jo Ingles

A federal court has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can remove more than 200,000 voters from the rolls Friday as planned. The Ohio Democratic Party had ask the court to block it, saying thousands of voters could be improperly removed. 

Ohio voters
Dan Konik

Before the ink is barely dry on a new settlement between the ACLU of Ohio and the Secretary of State's office, Ohio's Democratic Party is filing its own lawsuit over the process of removing voters from the rolls. 

Dan Konik

The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for a halt to the Secretary of State’s pruning of the voter rolls. And it wants an investigation following mistakes in Franklin County where more than a thousand voters have been flagged for removal.

ODP Legacy dinner in Columbus
Jo Ingles

The “blue wave” that some states experienced last year didn’t sweep Ohio, as Republicans won big. But the top Democrat in Congress says she’s not ready to write Ohio off. 

L-R Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper and Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken
Jo Ingles

The leaders of Ohio’s two major parties see different signs in the outcome of the 2018 election. At a forum sponsored by the Ohio Associated Press, both said they have good reason to hope their parties will be in control in coming years. 

Pages