Links and Reports


League of Women Voters of Ohio, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October 2006, is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on many aspects of the election process.

Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project has been created to help to bolster its capacity for continuing and expanding its critical state-based advocacy to prevent the disenfranchisement of eligible citizens, particularly underserved populations.

The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region, and to ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs, and a diverse and thriving culture and are especially interested in improving public policies, because public systems such as education and welfare directly affect the lives of so many people, and because public policies help shape private sector decisions about jobs, the environment, and the health of our communities. To ensure that public policies truly reflect public rather than private interests, we support efforts to reform the system of financing election campaigns.

The Kettering Fund The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social and educational studies and research conducted by nonprofit, charitable organizations that are located and/or provide service in Ohio.

The Midwest Democracy Network is an alliance of political reform advocates committed to improving democratic institutions in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. MDN participating organizations seek to reduce the influence of money in politics; keep our courts fair and impartial; promote open and transparent government; create fair processes for drawing congressional and legislative districts; guarantee the integrity of our election systems; promote ethical government and lobbying practices; and democratize the media.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

Election Law@Moritz This website is sponsored by the Moritz Law School at The Ohio State University and provides insight on laws governing federal, state and local elections.

OhioVotes provides voter engagement resources to Ohio’s nonprofit community.

Money in Politics, a project of Ohio citizen Action, tracks money in politics in Ohio.

The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron is one of the few university programs specializing in applied politics, founded in 1986 in an effort to promote citizens’ knowledge and participation in the political process.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Open is the web site of the Center for Responsible Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit US research group which tracks money in politics and its effect on elections.

The United State Elections Project is a source of timely information regarding the United States electoral system and its mission is to provide timely and accurate election statistics, electoral laws, research reports, and other useful information regarding the United States electoral system.

The National Civic League is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions.


Reforming Ohio’s Democracy: What’s Wrong, What We Can Do About It by Herbert Asher,The Ohio State University, Department of Political Science*; Ann Henkener, The League of Women Voters of Ohio; Peg Rosenfield, The League of Women Voters of Ohio; Daniel Tokaji, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law*; Catherine Turcer, Ohio Citizen Action; * Institutional affiliation for purpose of identification only.

Despite Distrust of State Government, Midwesterners Still Believe Political Reforms are Possible and Worth Pursuing. Survey by the Joyce Foundation

Midwesterners consider state government reform:

Joyce Foundation Money and Politics Program Report, March 5, 2007