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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Howard Wilkinson's Monday Chat: Early Votes Are Money In The Bank For Presidential Contenders


WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about how both presidential campaigns - particularly the Hillary Clinton campaign - are focusing their efforts on convincing supporters to vote early. And there was a discussion of how voting percentages drop off dramatically in down-ticket races in presidential years.

Clarification: In Monday's chat, reference was made to bringing an ID to vote early at your county board of elections. When you go to the board of elections to vote early, you must show one of the same forms of ID that you use if you are mailing in an absentee ballot: the last four digits of your Social Security number, your driver's license number (although you don't have to show it) , some kind of government document (like a passport), a utility bill, or a pay stub. Board of elections officials will check the information you give them against their own records to make sure you are a registered voter. Your ballot isn't scanned until election day. Your ballot goes into a sealed envelope with is opened at 7:30 on election night with all the other absentee votes.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.