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Early voting starts Tuesday for Ohioans

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September 27, 2010

By Tyler Millhouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Early voting begins this Tuesday for Ohio voters. This is the fifth year that the state has allowed no-fault absentee voting.[1] Designed to reduce congestion at polling places and simplify the voting process, the state has been active in promoting early voting. In 2008, the state launched its Avoid the Line website which allows voters to complete and print the necessary forms for voter registration and absentee voting. While the absentee voting process has not been without controversy, the Ohio Secretary of State Reports that 30% of the state’s voters took advantage of early voting in 2008.[2]

Ohio's November 2 general election ballot has been significantly shaped by the state's term limits. Ballotpedia research has found that 7 of Ohio's 17 incumbents senators are term limited in 2010, and 13 of Ohio's 99 incumbent representatives. Term-limits are in part responsible for lively competition at in Ohio's 2010 election. Ballotpedia research has found that only one incumbent senator faced no primary or general election challenger, and only 8 of Ohio's incumbent representatives faced no opposition. Of these unopposed incumbents, 3 are Democrats and 6 are Republicans.

Ohio has a total of 116 state legislative seats are up for election in the November 2 general election --17 in the state senate and 99 in the state house.

Heading into the November 2 election, Democrats were the majority party in the Ohio House of Representatives while Republicans have the majority in the Senate.


Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 34
     Republican Party 65
Total 99


Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 10
     Republican Party 23
Total 33

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