The landscape in Ohio
Ohio is home to one of the most vocal Election Deniers in Congress.
In its final report, the House January 6 Select Committee cited Rep. Jim Jordan as “a significant player” in Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. Jordan led a conference call on which President Trump and members of Congress talked about ways to delay the joint session to count electoral votes, the committee said. And he spoke with Trump at least twice on the day of the attack, “though he has provided inconsistent public statements about how many times they spoke and what they discussed.” Jordan refused to cooperate with the committee’s investigation.
Ohio is among the states that have ordered up investigations or created entire investigative divisions to hunt for violations of election law. States are taking these steps even though voter fraud is practically nonexistent, and widespread voter fraud is strictly a conspiracy theory—a myth.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose in 2022 announced a division focused on “election integrity.” He acknowledged that voter fraud is “exceedingly rare in Ohio,” but he cited a national “crisis of confidence in the electoral process.” What he didn’t say, of course, is that an entire political movement is devoted to undermining confidence by lying about elections.
Ohio has also hampered election offices by banning donations to support election funding—at a time when Ohio election officials are under stress because of misinformation. Ohio has also withdrawn from ERIC, a partnership that makes voter rolls more secure.
0 Election Deniers hold statewide Office right now.
Elections are run by the states. In Ohio, the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State are the state officials responsible for overseeing elections. It’s up to them to make sure the will of the people is always respected.
Read more about The Roles of Our Elected Officials in Elections
No candidates match the selected filters.
How Ohio compares
Every state runs its own elections, with its own laws and processes. Check out how Ohio compares with other states in its region when it comes to Election Deniers holding state election administration jobs.
Election Denial in Great Lakes States
State Elections Board
|Moreinformation about Illinois|
|Moreinformation about Indiana|
|Moreinformation about Michigan|
|Moreinformation about Ohio|
State Elections Board
|Moreinformation about Wisconsin|
Sitting official is an Election Denier
- In Illinois, the Executive Director is appointed by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
- In Wisconsin, the Administrator is appointed by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Voter turnout over time
Voters are always the backstop against election denial, whether Election Deniers are already in office or vying for power. It’s important to turn out for every election in your state—and to vote in every race on your ballot. Downballot races, like contests for Attorney General and Secretary of State, have historically drawn fewer voters, even though the positions are critical to keeping elections free, fair, and secure. Here’s a look at voter participation in Ohio elections over time. Notice that in years with several important positions up for election, some voters choose not to vote in every race.
Data on the number of votes cast in each race are from state elections depositories, supplemented with data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), House Election Statistics, and The Book of States. Rates are calculated using the Census’s Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) estimates. Rates will be updated when the Census releases new CVAP data for 2022.
Beyond the ballot box
Each year, state legislators introduce thousands of bills related to elections. And in the past few years, we’ve identified a concerning trend. Across the country, state legislatures are considering bills that would make it easier for partisan actors to manipulate an election, and maybe even overturn the will of the people. We’re tracking these bills along with our partners in an ongoing series of reports called “A Democracy Crisis in the Making.” In 2023 alone, through early May, we tracked 185 bills introduced in 38 state legislatures that would politicize, criminalize, or interfere with elections.
The anti-democracy playbook is simple: change the rules and change the referees, in order to change the results. These bills go hand-in-hand with the Election Denier movement: They’re about taking power away from voters and making it harder for trusted election officials to do their jobs.