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Ohio elections, 2012

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Contents
1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Ohio held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (16 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (17 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (99 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (

2 measures)

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2012 Elections

Note: Election information listed on this page does not pertain to 2012 presidential elections. For more about Ballotpedia's areas of coverage, click here.
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

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See also: United States Senate elections in Ohio, 2012
U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherrod Brown Incumbent 50.7% 2,762,690
     Republican Josh Mandel 44.7% 2,435,712
     Independent Scott Rupert 4.6% 250,616
Total Votes 5,449,018
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012

Ohio lost two U.S. House seats from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from Ohio -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 4
     Republican Party 13 12
Total 18 16
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Jeff Sinnard
Republican Party Steve Chabot
Green Party Rich Stevenson
Libertarian Party Jim Berns
Steve Chabot Republican Party Steve Chabot No
2nd Democratic Party William R. Smith
Republican Party Brad Wenstrup
Jean Schmidt Republican Party Brad Wenstrup No
3rd Democratic Party Joyce Beatty
Republican Party Chris Long
Green Party Bob Fitrakis
Libertarian Party Richard Ehrbar III
Michael R. Turner Democratic Party Joyce Beatty Yes
4th Democratic Party Jim Slone
Republican Party Jim Jordan
Libertarian Party Chris Kalla
Jim Jordan Republican Party Jim Jordan No
5th Democratic Party Angela Zimmann
Republican Party Bob Latta
Libertarian Party Eric Eberly
Robert E. Latta Republican Party Bob Latta No
6th Democratic Party Charlie Wilson
Republican Party Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson Republican Party Bill Johnson No
7th Democratic Party Joyce Healy-Abrams
Republican Party Bob Gibbs
Steve Austria Republican Party Bob Gibbs No
8th Republican Party John Boehner John A. Boehner Republican Party John A. Boehner No
9th Democratic Party Marcy Kaptur
Republican Party Samuel Wurzelbacher
Libertarian Party Sean Stipe
Marcy Kaptur Democratic Party Marcy Kaptur No
10th Democratic Party Sharen Swartz Neuhardt
Republican Party Michael R. Turner
Libertarian Party David Harlow
Dennis J. Kucinich Republican Party Michael R. Turner Yes
11th Democratic Party Marcia L. Fudge Marcia L. Fudge Democratic Party Marcia L. Fudge No
12th Democratic Party James Reese
Republican Party Patrick J. Tiberi
Patrick J. Tiberi Republican Party Patrick J. Tiberi No
13th Democratic Party Tim Ryan
Republican Party Marisha Agana
Betty Sutton Democratic Party Tim Ryan No
14th Democratic Party Dale Virgil Blanchard
Republican Party David Joyce
Green Party Elaine R. Mastromatteo
Libertarian Party David Macko
Steven C. LaTourette Republican Party David Joyce No
15th Democratic Party Pat Lang
Republican Party Steve Stivers
Steve Stivers Republican Party Steve Stivers No
16th Democratic Party Betty Sutton
Republican PartyJim Renacci
James B. Renacci Republican Party Jim Renacci No
17th District Removed in Redistricting Tim Ryan (Ohio) N/A N/A
18th District Removed in Redistricting Bob Gibbs N/A N/A

See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Ohio House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 40 39
     Republican Party 59 60
Total 99 99

See also: Ohio 2012 ballot measures

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
ABR Issue 1 Constitutional convention Would create a convention to revise, alter or amend the state constitution. Defeatedd
CICA Issue 2 Redistricting Would create a citizen commission to draw legislative and congressional district maps. Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote

Ohio

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Ohio has a mixed primary system. Primary voters must vote in the same party's primary as they did in the previous election, although this requirement may be loosely enforced. Voters wishing to switch parties may register with the new party. Ohio's 2012 congressional primary took place on March 6, 2012. Voter registration closes 30 days prior to an election.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election[3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Ohio. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]

Deadlines

Absentee ballots may be requested for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. The request must be received by the local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked at least one day before election day and received by the elections board no later than 10 days after the election.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

2014 developments

On February 21, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills that altered the state's early and absentee voting provisions. Senate Bill 238 eliminated "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day, and shortened the early voting period by a week. Senate Bill 238 reduced the number of voting days from 35 to 29. Under Senate Bill 205, the Secretary of State will be required to get funding approval from the legislature before mailing absentee ballot applications statewide.[5]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald denounced the bills as "outrageous and unnecessary and totally motivated by a desire to make it tougher to vote." He also indicated that he had directed his county law director to review the bills for possible legal action.[5]

The bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials has said that allowing individuals to both register and vote on the same day results in difficulties in properly validating voters.[5]

2012 developments

As of 2012, all registered voters in Ohio will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail. This is the first time in the state's history that all registered voters will receive applications, earning widespread praise from both parties. The only concern comes from those voters who request an absentee ballot but later decide to vote in person at the polls, which could cause increased numbers of provisional ballots. Provisional ballots are only used when there are questions over whether a person may cast a ballot. They are counted only once a voter's eligibility has been confirmed, in this case, after confirming that he or she did not both vote absentee and at the polls.[6]

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Ohio is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends the day prior to election day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

2014 developments

On February 21, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills that altered the state's early and absentee voting provisions. Senate Bill 238 eliminated "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day, and shortened the early voting period by a week. Senate Bill 238 reduced the number of voting days from 35 to 29. Under Senate Bill 205, the Secretary of State will be required to get funding approval from the legislature before mailing absentee ballot applications statewide.[5]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald denounced the bills as "outrageous and unnecessary and totally motivated by a desire to make it tougher to vote." He also indicated that he had directed his county law director to review the bills for possible legal action.[5]

The bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials has said that allowing individuals to both register and vote on the same day results in difficulties in properly validating voters.[5]

On May 1, 2014, the following plaintiffs brought a case challenging the reduction of early voting days against Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio:[8]

2012 developments

The Supreme Court let the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stand on October 16, 2012, in a one-sentence order. The Appeals Court ruled earlier that early voting must be offered to all voters if it is offered to the military, and the Supreme Court's decision finally put the issue to rest. This decision marked a victory for the Obama campaign, which sued to overturn the restrictions put into place by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.[9]

Previously, early voting had been restored during the last three days before the November 6 election for all Ohio citizens by a federal district court. From there, the decision was appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and finally to the Supreme Court.[10]

U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus said, "This Court notes that restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive [military] voters from early voting." He went on to say, "Instead, and more importantly, it places all Ohio voters on equal standing."[10]

The lawsuit was filed in response to a directive which allowed certain individuals, specifically military personnel and their families, to vote in the three days preceding the election, while disallowing all others.[10]

See also

References