Category Archives: Ohio

Massachusetts Rules against Ban on Lying in Campaigns

By: David Schlosser Over the summer of 2015, a Massachusetts law banning lying in campaign ads was struck down by that state’s highest court. This decision mirrors that of an Ohio federal judge last year, a case previously covered on … Continue reading

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The Fourth Time is the Charm: Ohio Voters Implement a Bipartisan Redistricting Commission

By: Kelsey Carpenter On Election Day 2015, Ohio voters implemented ballot initiative Issue 1. This initiative creates a bipartisan redistricting commission to draw the state legislative district lines following the 2020 census, as opposed to the current system that allows … Continue reading

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Ballot Initiatives for Marijuana Legalization Track Public Opinion

By Hannah Whiteker Fans of direct democracy should be excited about the increased use of state ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana use. Direct democracy  allows citizens to enact and change laws, instead of electing representatives to make important decisions for … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Race marred by Campaign Finance Allegations

By Lance Woods: Since 1970, no Pennsylvania Governor has lost a reelection bid, however Pennsylvania’s 2014 Governor’s race ended with Tom Wolf (D) defeating incumbent Gov. Corbett (R). The election is arguably Pennsylvania’s most expensive, with Governor-elect Wolf spending $27.9 … Continue reading

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Friday at 6pm: Another Example of Changes in Ohio’s Election Regulation

By:  Mark Listes Ohio is no stranger to changes in election administration and regulation. The Supreme Court determined the constitutionality of Ohio’s voter ID laws. The Sixth Circuit recently permanently enjoined the enforcement of Ohio’s campaign fair practice law that … Continue reading

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Exercise of Democracy or Destruction of Impartiality: Election of Judges in Ohio

By Chris Keslar: States select their judges in a couple different ways, but in thirty-nine states most or all judges are elected. Supporters of competitive elections for judges say that it is “the most democratic way to make judges accountable … Continue reading

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You Can Lie in Ohio: Federal Court Strikes Down Ohio Law Banning False Political Speech

By Sarah Wiley A federal judge in Cincinnati struck down an Ohio law which criminalizes intentionally lying in campaign ads or statements, on the books for decades in early September on First Amendment grounds. The state filed an appeal in … Continue reading

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Florida’s Lukewarm Remedy for Chilly Early Voting Policies

By Nick Raffaele While Florida’s relationship with early voting is still relatively new, the honeymoon may already be over. But to understand the hot and cold affair, it is helpful to look back on the couple’s history. Former Governor Jeb … Continue reading

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Redistricting Change Failed: Ohio Issue 2 (2012)

By Christopher Keslar In the 2012 elections, a Redistricting Amendment to the Ohio Constitution was put on the ballot. Known as Issue 2, the amendment would have created a commission of twelve citizens to draw legislative and congressional maps. The amendment … Continue reading

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The Battleground 2012: A Conversation with Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner

by Allison Handler Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on October 8, 2012. Jennifer Brunner was elected in 2006 and served a term as Ohio’s first female Secretary of State. During that time, she oversaw the contentious 2008 presidential … Continue reading

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