We are a group on a college campus im Ohio. we are completely nonpartisan and are looking to host a “party at the polls” on an off campus polling location where our students vote. It is at an apartment complex and we were denied permission by them. Are polling places considered public places during voting hours or is there any loop hole to get around this?
They are not considered public places in the way you mean, and in fact, the Ohio revised code specifically prohibits the kind of behavior you're referencing. Bottom line, any kind of party at the polling place itself is out of the question due to the possibility of limiting access or intimidating potential voters.