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Voter Registration For All

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo
Associated Press
Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a bill that would automatically register high school students to vote. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Automatic For The People

A new bill would automatically register people to vote when they attend public high school or when they go to an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. It would make the registration process opt-out instead of opt-in.

Legislation that makes it easier to vote is often controversial over fears of fraud or abuse, but there is a similar bill introduced in the Senate with bipartisan co-sponsors.

Medicaid Mess

Ohio Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran said says she inherited a "mess" from the Kasich administration.  She says the way Kasich’s team implemented parts of the Medicaid program was the worst she’s seen in her 30-year professional career.   

Kasich spokesman Jim Lynch defended the former governor, saying Kasich did a lot for Medicaid by cutting the growth of spending and expanding coverage to 700,000 additional Ohioans.

Snollygoster Of The Week

By delaying the delivery of articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi increased pressure on the U.S. Senate to call witnesses and introduce new evidence to the trial.

In the past few weeks, more information has come to light, former National Security Advisor John Bolten has agreed to testify, and indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said publicly that the president knew about the Ukraine scheme.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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