Jon Husted

A photo of Secretary of State Jon Husted (R-Ohio) casting an early in-person absentee ballot at the Franklin County Board of Elections early voting center.

Ohio voters are a week into early voting for the May primary. They're deciding hundreds of local issues, a major statewide issue on how Congressional maps are drawn and the party candidates for five major statewide offices. 

Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Jon Husted, urges people to vote while acknowledging that there’s usually low turnout in primaries – on average, under 30 percent.

photo of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted

The Ohio Republican Party has voted to endorse Attorney General Mike DeWine as their gubernatorial candidate. DeWine’s running against Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who had very strong words for how the endorsement process went down.

8th St. entrance, Affinity Medical Center
Affinity Medical Center website

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 1:

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

An Ohio Senate committee is set to consider a plan Tuesday devised by legislative leaders to change the way Ohio’s Congressional district map is drawn. Some key lawmakers have been behind closed doors trying to hammer out an agreement with minority Democrats to get enough of their buy-in to make passage viable.                        

Democrats are opposed to the plan offered by Republicans in the Senate, because they say it would still allow gerrymandering.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 11: