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Ohio, GOP Defend Limit On Ballot Drop Boxes To 1 Per County

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief’s directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county. They told an appellate court in filings Monday that a county judge overstepped his authority when he blocked it. The Ohio Republican Party… Read More

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What Do You Need To Know About Voting In Election 2020?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — In this year like no other, Election 2020 will be unlike other elections. The coronavirus pandemic makes some of the usual in-person voting a potential health hazard. Election officials have had to create new ways to safely and fairly conduct elections. And the hyper-partisan political atmosphere can make it harder to… Read More

President Donald Trump stands with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine as he speaks during a rally, at the IX Center, in Cleveland, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

DeWine Expected To Meet Trump During Campaign Stop

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DAYTON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll meet President Trump at a rally Monday. DeWine will likely greet the president at the Dayton airport near the governor’s home in Cedarville, but he won’t be at Trump’s rally at an airport in Toledo. DeWine got booed by the crowd at Vice President Pence’s… Read More

Few people wore masks at this Women for Trump event in Columbus recently

Gov. DeWine Explains Why Mask Mandate Isn’t Being Enforced At Political Rallies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Pictures of people at political rallies in Ohio recently have shown most of them unmasked, in large crowds. The state’s mask mandate has gone unenforced at those events. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state hasn’t enforced the mask mandate in churches because he respects the freedom of religion… Read More

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Court Rules More Ballot Drop Boxes Could Be Installed For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled additional drop boxes can be installed prior to the November election if Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants them. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the ruling is a win for voters who don’t want to mail their ballots and  live far away… Read More

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Bid By Ohio’s Secretary Of State To Make Ballots Postage Paid Is Rejected

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of lawmakers has shot down a request by Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State that would have allowed his office to pay for postage for mail-in ballots. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose wanted approval from the Ohio Controlling Board to take $3 million dollars from a fund his… Read More

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Ohio Absentee Ballot Order Halted To Allow Expedited Appeal


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has halted a judge’s order directing Ohio’s elections chief to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots for the November presidential election by electronic means, including by fax or email, something sought by Democrats in the pivotal swing state. The appeals court Saturday halted Friday’s preliminary injunction pending… Read More

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Some Influential Ohio Republicans Form “Operation Grant” To Elect Joe Biden

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former Ohio Governor John Kasich has been criticizing President Trump since losing to him in the presidential primary back in 2016. Now, he’s not alone. A new group of Ohioans who have been influential in Republican party leadership say they’re coming together for one purpose – to defeat President… Read More

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LaRose Warns Final Election Outcomes Could Take Longer Than Usual

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal way of doing things in many areas, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) says election night is no exception. LaRose says the record amount of absentee ballots expected to be cast means outcomes could take longer for races that are too close… Read More

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie makes a surprise appearance and introduces Donald Trump to a large crowd in Columbus, Ohio for a Donald Trump rally on March 1, 2016. "America needs strength in the oval office again...," said Governor Christie.

The Traditional Campaign Season Begins But It Might Look Different This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Labor Day marks the point when campaigns ramp up visits to states. The itineraries for in-person campaigning haven’t been finalized yet. Republican President Donald Trump has been to various parts of Ohio a few times this summer. Democrat Joe Biden’s hasn’t been campaigning much in person anywhere but he’s… Read More

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Groups Begin Hunt For Voters Who Could Be Removed From Rolls After Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s Secretary of State has released the list of nearly 116,000 voter registrations that are in danger of being removed after the November election if those voters don’t vote or update their registration. Now it’s up to community groups to help find these voters. Several groups will try to… Read More

President Donald Trump at a rally in Columbus

Trump Campaign Expects RNC To Lay Out ‘Positive Vision’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — President Donald Trump’s campaign in Ohio is preparing for a busy week, running many events in collaboration with the Republican National Convention. Dan Lusheck, press secretary for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in Ohio, called last week’s virtual Democratic National Convention a “distraction.” Lusheck says this week’s Republican National… Read More

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LaRose To Ask Controlling Board To Okay Mailing Costs For Ballot Applications

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s Secretary of State is asking a panel of lawmakers that controls state funds to allocate money for his office to pay for absentee ballot requests. The process being used has been used before. When former Ohio Governor John Kasich wanted to expand Medicaid in 2013, he did it… Read More

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Decision To Not Add New Ballot Drop Boxes Draws Controversy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Counties will have just one ballot drop box for this upcoming fall election, according to a decision announced by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. But heated and mostly partisan debate continues over the decision, especially given changes being made right now by the United States Postal Service. In… Read More

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U.S. Postal Service Warns Ohio About Potential Delays For Absentee Voting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country including Ohio, warning that delays in delivering the mail could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time. The letter sent to Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) on… Read More