Your Vote Ohio


Reconnecting You with the Political Process
Elections in the U.S. are supposed to be about choosing the person you feel best addresses your concerns and can do the job.  However, all too often these days, it's the candidates and their campaigns who are deciding what they believe are the driving issues, not the voters.  During the 2016 elections, the Ohio Media Project will work to shift the focus back to you.  WKSU News is collaborating with newspapers, radio and television stations across the state to give you an opportunity to reengage in the political process and help get your voice heard, because it's Your Vote Ohio.


Ways to Connect

Protesters at a Trump rally

Ohioans level of comfort with the rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign varied by age, race, gender, economics and topics. But a recent poll for the Your Vote Ohio shows just about everyone had a problem when the talk targeted certain groups rather than issues.

Trump wins the evangelical vote
New polling data show evangelical Christian voters in Ohio overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump and he won a majority of mainline Protestants as well — support he received even though he has been married three times, had a child out of wedlock, bragged about groping women and says he hasn’t been to church in three years.

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The morning after the presidential election in eclectic Yellow Springs, Ohio, a dour clientele filed into the Coffee Emporium and Underdog Wines storefront on the main street through town.

Many had learned the news when they awakened: Donald Trump would be the next president.

Yellow Springs is a liberal island in the otherwise heavily Republican rural Ohio countryside, and the news was not welcomed.

Crime and Violence Top the List of Concerns for Ohioans in 2016

Nov 3, 2016
Police advancing on protesters after the Michael Brelo verdict

In May, Ohioans were asked to name their biggest concerns for 2016, and crime and violence were in the top 10 issues.

The initial poll of 1,001 people done in May for Ohio news outlets showed that people defined crime and violence in multiple ways, among them as a need for gun regulation or guns for protection, concern for terrorism, and some for protection from  immigrants.

Also on people’s minds were the sharp increase in drug overdoses and police shootings in Cleveland, Cincinnati and across the country.

Ohio prepares to vote

Much of the country will vote before Election Day. Starting this week, our Electionland project has begun looking for problems that prevent people from voting.

Election Day is still about 10 days away, but some Americans are already casting ballots. About 20 states, including Ohio, and the District of Columbia have early voting programs. Ohio's began two weeks ago and includes two weekends of early, in-person voting.