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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

Politics Chat: Can Ohio Avoid A Wisconsin-style Mess With Absentee Balloting In The Fall?

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Morry Gash
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AP
A worker helps voter outside the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin's governor tried and failed to stop the in-person voting from taking place Tuesday because of concerns over spreading the COVID-19 virus. The polls opened in Wisconsin Tuesday and it was a wreck, with the majorty of inside poll workers refusing to work because of fear of catching the virus. It made many people in Ohio glad Ohio canceled its March 17 Election Day and extended absentee balloting until April 28.

But WVXU Senior Politics Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik over the coming battle between Republicans and Democrats across the country over how much absentee voting should be used in the fall. Republicans - including President Trump - want to keep it to a minimum while Democrats in other states would like to go to all-absentee elections.

This story was first published April 10.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.