Our USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau is dedicated to bringing you important news about the 2022 election and helping you make an informed decision when you vote.
Voter registration is over and early voting has started in Ohio – the 2022 election cycle is in full swing.
Ohio voters will choose a governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, a U.S. senator, 15 U.S. House representatives, state lawmakers, a new Ohio Supreme Court chief justice, two supreme court justices, and decide two ballot proposals – one on bail reform, the other on voting rights.
This is also Ohio’s first general election with new congressional, state House and state Senate districts. All three maps were declared unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court, but will still be used for this election.
Here’s at look at how the USA TODAY Network Ohio bureau is bringing you that information:
What do we cover?
Our reporters cover stories of all stripes, from high-level political analyses that give context to the moment to helpful explanations of Ohio’s voter registration, early voting and absentee voting processes. We send out a newsletter each Wednesday to subscribers with the biggest headlines to come out of Ohio politics each week. We also have a podcast, Ohio Politics Explained, hosted by reporter Anna Staver, where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less.
At the state level this year, our attention is focused on the race for the U.S. Senate between Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan and the race for governor between Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and Democrat Nan Whaley. We are also covering the races for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and the three races for the state supreme court.
Ohio voters will also decide two state ballot issues. Issue 1 on bail reform and Issue 2 which would prohibit noncitizens from voting. We’re also keeping an eye on Ohio’s competitive races for the U.S. House.
The USA TODAY Network Ohio bureau provides election and state government coverage for 21 daily news outlets across Ohio including the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal, and Canton Repository.
We don’t cover every single campaign event, political TV ad or tit-for-tat between candidates. Instead, we aim to examine the broader themes defining candidates, their campaigns and Ohio’s political landscape during and after the election.
How do we remain independent?
Seasoned news judgement and years of political reporting experience guide our decisions on what makes it into the paper and online.
Our reporters take calls from campaigns and pundits, but it’s our conversations with Ohio voters and our readers that determine what’s in the public interest to report. We don’t merely repeat what candidates say, but focus on their record by providing readers with historical, political and legal context surrounding the issues.
Our reporters abide by a code of ethics to maintain independence from campaigns and candidates, seek the truth and report fairly.
When we think a quantitative assessment of Ohio voters will further inform our reporting, USA TODAY Network Ohio partners with Suffolk University’s Political Research Center to conduct polls. We make every effort to ensure questions are posed fairly and results are reported in their full context.
Finally, you will see opinion pieces in our pages and on the web. Those are from our opinion team, which is independent from the Ohio bureau and operates separately.
How we fight misinformation?
Baseless claims of election fraud threatened to undermine election results in 2020 and have since continuously eroded the public’s confidence in how state officials administer elections.
We’re preempting the spread of misinformation and disinformation this election cycle by equipping our readers with the information and context needed to sort fact from fiction.
One way we’re doing this is by publishing explanations on what a normal election process should look like. We’re publishing Ohio voter guides – from explanations about how to cast an absentee ballot to when you can expect election results and everything in-between.
We’ll also fact-check claims from candidates, on social media and in advertisements if they are garnering the attention of the public or have the potential to mislead people.
- Anthony Shoemaker, Ohio Bureau Chief:
- Reporter Jessie Balmert covers the governor’s race:
- Reporter Haley BeMiller covers the U.S. Senate race and Congress:
- Reporter Laura Bischoff covers the attorney general and Ohio Supreme Court races and State Issue 1:
- Reporter Anna Staver covers the secretary of state, auditor and treasurer races: She also covers big-picture stories on the Ohio House and Senate.
- Reporter Nolan Simmons covers Issue 2 and early voting trends: