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Lawmakers Defy DeWine With Absentee Ballot Deadline

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio's primary election will continue after the last-minute closing of polls. Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, 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!

In this week's episode:
Vote By Mail

Gov. Mike DeWine halted voting for the election that was supposed to happen on March 17. There was some talk of rescheduling the in-person election to June 2 and extending absentee voting until then. That's what DeWine wanted and what Secretary of State Frank LaRose directed boards of elections to prepare for.

But House Speaker Larry Householder and the legislature went a different route. In a coronavirus omnibus bill passed unanimously on Wednesday, lawmakers extended mail-in voting until April 28. There will be no more in-person voting. If you have not already voted, you must request an absentee ballot by mail or phone, receive that ballot, fill it out, and mail it back in by April 28.

That's a lot of mailing back and forth in just four weeks.

Mugwump Of The Week

We're continuing our suspension 0f the "Snollygoster of the week" award to instead celebrate the selfless work we're seeing in the political sphere.

This week it goes to Gov. Mike DeWine. You may not agree with all that he's done. You may think he’s been too tough, or not tough enough. But he’s been out front on this issue, trying to stop the spread of coronavirus. Hopefully, we’ll all benefit from his non-partisan, decisive action.

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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