This is one of several stories published this year on negative campaigning and the effects on Ohioans.

Among the stories are:

• A tool kit showing how to dissect an attack advertisement, understand how it plays on emotions and fact-check its contents.

• The results of a University of Akron study of people who watched attack ads in a college laboratory: Half-naked Melania Trump and other attacks “made my skin crawl.”

• A glimpse into how campaigns gain information about Ohioans, and when they call a home or knock on a door, they likely know who lives in the house and what kind of food they eat.

• Students want candidates to be truthful.

• Rich people across the country spend big in Ohio to sway its voters.

This series was produced by the Ohio Media Project, a collaborative of newspapers, radio and television stations across Ohio. They are producing stories under the Your Vote Ohio banner that attempt to represent Ohioans in the election process and hold candidates accountable to your concerns.

The project can be viewed at yourvoteohio.org and on the Your Vote Ohio Facebook page. On Twitter, it’s @yourvoteoh