CINCINNATI (WXIX) — The midterm election is just 17 days away, and many Ohio residents have already submitted their ballots by mail or early voting.
According to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, there have been an increase of 2.7% in absentee ballot applications and early in-person voting this year compared to the 2018 election.
Additionally, more than 71,000 Ohioans participated in early voting this year, while just over 41,000 people cast ballots at the start of 2018, the secretary of state reported.
“While there is no significant increase from the same point in the 2018 election, Ohioans are showing confidence in Ohio’s many early voting opportunities,” said La Rose. “Our bipartisan election commissions have done an incredible job preparing their early voting centers, and the lines are short for anyone who wants to make sure their voice is heard.”
As candidates continue to campaign in Ohio to speak for their politics, here’s a look at some of the candidates who will be on the ballot this year.
Ohio midterm election
The Race of Governors
Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted (incumbents) are running against Nan Whaley and Cheryl Stephens in the race for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio.
- Improving the skills of Ohioans in the workplace through workforce development, advancing Ohio’s apprenticeship programs and helping Ohioans launch careers in well-paying industries.
- Filling the opportunity gap and improving Ohio’s economic future by creating Broadband Ohio, which will help unserved communities access the Internet.
- Bringing jobs to Ohio, including manufacturing jobs, like the new $20 billion Intel semiconductor plant that was brought to Buckeye State by the DeWine administration.
- Invest more than $274 million in law enforcement services to keep Ohio communities safe.
- Improve Ohio’s mental health and addictions services by funding programs between schools and community organizations and doubling the number of outreach service providers.
- Improving the quality of learning in Ohio schools with publicly funded child care for working families, expanding EdChoice scholarship eligibility, and giving more families Ohio the opportunity to choose the best education for their children.
- Creating and supporting jobs in Ohio with its new 21st Century Jobs Plan.
- To create a plan to fight corruption and restore ethics in Ohio with a new Public Accountability Commission, bolstering funding for ethics agencies, holding the governor’s administration accountable, and working with legislatures to close “dark money” loopholes.
- Advocate for access to abortion for Ohioans through legislation.
- Invest in clean energy jobs and protect Ohio’s natural resources with the Marshall Plan for Central America, which will create equitable infrastructure development and secure green jobs in Ohio, especially in the Appalachians.
- Strengthen K-12 schools, make universal and higher education more affordable.
- Lowering prescription drug prices by fining drug companies that unfairly raise prices, capping insulin costs at $30 per month, ending subsidization of drug company profits, and creating more oversight and transparency in the health system.
- Create paid family leave and school security.
- Helping Ohio veterans get the resources and tools they need to succeed.
- Investing in Appalachian Ohio communities with universal broadband in Appalachia by 2028, fighting the opioid crisis, creating a foundation for jobs and innovation in Appalachia, and supporting veterans of the region.
- Provide low-income families with an inflation refund.
- Create gun laws to improve safety.
- Support LGBTQ+ Ohioans through legislation.
- Tackle the opioid and addiction crisis in Ohio by improving addiction recovery services.
The seat of the United States senator
Republican candidate JD Vance, known for his book ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, is running against Democratic candidate Tim Ryan of Youngstown after US Senator Rob Portman announced his retirement.
- Advocate for energy independence through energy policies that put American consumers first.
- Restore America’s manufacturing sector by fighting big business.
- Solve illegal immigration by completing construction of the border wall and doubling the number of border patrol agents
- Combat the drug and opioid epidemic by eliminating drugs entering communities and helping those who are addicted.
- Dismantle big tech companies by reducing their political and economic power.
- Adopt a foreign policy that puts the United States first.
- Defend small businesses through tax cuts.
- End abortion; Expand adoption and child tax credits and promote pregnancy centers.
- Ensure that Americans have access to weapons with fewer restrictions.
- Ensure elections are fair through specific measures, such as voter identification, verifying signatures on mail-in ballots, and ending mail-in voting.
- Strengthen the working class by opposing unfair trade deals, investing in small businesses, and cutting taxes on businesses that do good for their employees.
- Invest in affordable health care by expanding Medicare.
- Ensure older workers and disabled Ohios have a good retirement by lowering the eligibility age from 60 to 50.
- Dominate the clean energy economy and protect natural resources by pushing through an infrastructure plan.
- Honoring veterans and active duty members by providing better pay, more benefits, and helping those struggling with mental illness.
- Expand and improve student education by increasing teacher salaries, creating affordable child care, and providing two years of free community college to anyone who wants it.
- Creating new opportunities for rural Ohio by connecting communities to roads, bridges and high-speed internet.
- Expand law enforcement accountability and invest in training to end racial profiling; End racial disparities by expanding access to BIPOC communities.
- End the gun violence epidemic by increasing universal background checks of potential gun owners.
- Reform and modernize the immigration system by facilitating legal immigration to the United States
- Ensure that everyone’s voice is heard by promoting the suffrage law.
- Protect abortion by adopting legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade.
- Ensure that LGBTQ+ people are protected by passing various laws, such as voting to end the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (incumbent) is running against Democratic nominee Jeffrey Crossman for Ohio Attorney General.
A few of the main issues that Dave Yost plans to focus on are rooting out crime and fraud, saving Ohio taxpayers money, and holding organizations and schools accountable.
Here are some of his accomplishments as the current Ohio Attorney General:
- Ensure food stamps are used correctly.
- Fraud monitoring with the mobile app Ohio Stops Fraud.
- Find over $260 million in potential savings through performance audits.
- Saving Ohioans over a million dollars in taxes after renegotiating the office lease.
- Enact charter school reforms to strengthen accountability and avoid conflict.
On the other hand, Jeffrey Crossman’s platform includes protecting reproductive rights in Ohio with a blueprint, which can be found here.
Additionally, Crossman plans to support Ohio’s working class through collective bargaining rights and to prosecute those who commit tax evasion and wage theft.
The opioid crisis is another issue Crossman wants to end, which he plans to do by supporting recovery centers and using the attorney general’s office as a way to hold drug dealers accountable.
Finally, the Democratic candidate plans to keep schools and communities safe by working with law enforcement and opposing legislation that puts Ohioans at risk.
Secretary of State
There are three candidates vying for Ohio’s secretary of state position this election year: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (incumbent), Democratic candidate Chelsea Clark, and independent candidate Terpsehore Tore Maras. .
Republican incumbent Frank LaRose is running for Ohio secretary of state for the second time, emphasizing election integrity as one of his top issues.
LaRose’s platform includes keeping elections fair and secure by improving security, protecting fundamental rights, and standing up for Ohio’s job creators and businesses.
As one of her platform promises, Chelsea Clark wants to improve voter protection and election integrity in Ohio by expanding voting days and times, introducing same-day voter registration and strengthening Ohio’s cybersecurity network.
Additionally, Clark plans to support small businesses by creating an entrepreneurship office, creating a one-stop shop that will give businesses the resources they need, and removing red tape and other barriers that prevent small businesses from getting started. .
Unaffiliated runner for Secretary of State, Terpsehore Tore Maras will focus on three goals as Ohio Secretary of State.
- Renew electoral integrity by getting rid of all voting machines and returning to paper ballots.
- Provide every Ohioan with a free ID card
- Restore corporate transparency.
Dates and times of Ohio’s first in-person voting polls:
- Oct. 24-28: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Oct. 29: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Nov. 5: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Nov. 6: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Nov. 7: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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