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Federal Judge Dismisses Ohio’s Lawsuit To Force Release Of Census Data

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal judge has dismissed Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by the end of this month. Ohio hoped to start drawing new legislative and Congressional maps soon, for the first time under a process… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

Ohio Elections Chief Again Orders Limit On Ballot Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has reissued a contentious order limiting the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county for the May 4 primary. The directive, issued Friday, came after LaRose was asked to break a tie in Hamilton County over whether expanding drop boxes should be studied…. Read More

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Some Fear Ohio’s Shortened Canvass Period Could Lead To Voter Disenfranchisement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Democratic state lawmakers want to know why Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is shortening the amount of time counties can have to finish the official count from November’s election. Ohio House Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney says state law allows until November 24th to complete the official canvass…. Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

What Happens If There Are Power Outages On Election Day?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On Election Day two years ago, wind gusts knocked out power for at least part of the day in four Northeast Ohio counties. What happens if there are more power outages on Election Day this year when voter turnout is expected to be higher than usual? In 2018, counties… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Ohio Secretary Of State Allowing Limited Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is allowing more drop boxes but they are must be on the property of local boards of elections. Late Friday, an appeals court said LaRose could and should allow the addition of more drop boxes but didn’t order him to add them. Now, LaRose… 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

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

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

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

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

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Elections Chief Urges But Won’t Require Masks For Ohio Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend but do not mandate mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said those voters who choose not to wear a mask will be given options, including voting outside… Read More

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Ohio To Purge 120K Inactive Voters From Rolls Post-Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says about 120,000 inactive Ohio voter registrations will be removed from state voter rolls after the November election. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the purge is required under state and federal elections law. The voter registrations will be removed on Dec. 7. LaRose says the figure… Read More

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.

LaRose Says AG Will Determine If Boards Of Elections Can Add Ballot Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s Republican chief elections officer and Ohio Democrats continue to battle over installing additional drop boxes where absentee voters could deposit their ballots if they’re concerned about the security and speed of mailing them in this fall. There’s a ballot drop box at each of Ohio’s 88 county… Read More

Secretary of State Frank LaRose joins Seventh Son Brewery and Rhinegeist Brewery for new collaboration toast

Ohio Toasts New Voter Registration Initiative With Craft Breweries

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s top elections official, is working with craft breweries to help increase the number of registered voters in Ohio. He says this is just one way to reach eligible voters. More than 30 craft breweries in Ohio are working with the initiative to ramp up… Read More

Michelle Wilcox, Ohio Assn. Of Election Officials

Focusing on Cybersecurity in Campaigns and Elections

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Voting rights advocates, computer security experts and some county elections officials gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for in a cybersecurity initiative. And some say they feel like they have the information they need to protect Ohio’s upcoming primary. Franklin County Board of Elections Deputy Director David Payne says he’s not worried so much about the election… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Secretary Of State: No One Should Share Fake Election Info, Not Even Trump

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The state’s chief elections officer is criticizing President Trump and other key figures for sharing rumors and false information related to voting, recently about the Iowa caucuses but going all the way back to the 2016 election. This comes as Ohioans prepare to start early voting in two weeks for the presidential primary in March…. Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

LaRose Refers 10 Cases of Alleged Double Dipping in 2018 Election

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The state attorney general and several county prosecutors will be reviewing cases of potential voter fraud where people are accused of casting a vote in a different state then casting another in Ohio during the 2018 election. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says his office has found 18 incidents where a person voted in Ohio… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Ohio’s Secretary of State Says 354 Non-Citizens Voted or Registered to Vote in 2018

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Ohio’s Secretary of State says 354 people who are not U.S. citizens have voted or registered to vote in 2018. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says 277 non-citizens registered to vote and another 77 actually voted in the midterm election in 2018. He says the problems were discovered in the most recent annual check between… Read More