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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.

Signature Matching Will Continue In Ohio – At Least For This November’s Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The process of matching a voter’s signature on a ballot or ballot application against the signature provided on a voter’s initial registration will continue for this election. An injunction that was filed to remedy that process in this November’s election was denied by a federal court. The ACLU of… Read More

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

Ohio Valley Election Officials Prepare For Unprecedented Pandemic Election

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political… 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 Says He Wants The Votes Of Ohioans To Be Counted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — News pundits are speculating that if Democrat Joe Biden wins the election, President Trump might claim voter fraud and work with states to have their electoral votes awarded to him. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said if that happened, he would not work with the Trump campaign to hand the… Read More

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

Ohio Already Approaching Record Level Of Absentee Ballot Requests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than twice as many absentee applications have been received from Ohio voters than at this point four years ago, when a record number of early votes were cast in a presidential election in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose reports just under 1.8 million applications have been mailed… Read More

Athens County Officials Prepare For ‘Election Like No Other’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the runup to the November election in 2016, about 45 Athens County voters requested absentee ballots. So far this year, that number is more than 7,000. In case you’re wondering about the math, that’s more than a 15,000 percent increase in absentee ballot requests. This of course is due to… Read More

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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

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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

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

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

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.

There’s A Way To Track Your Ballot In Ohio Other Than Illegally “Voting Twice”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In North Carolina Wednesday, President Trump told voters to cast a ballot by mail then go to vote in person later. He says if they are declined the right to vote, they’ll know their mail-in ballot counted. But it is illegal for voters in Ohio to do that. Jen Miller… Read More

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

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

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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

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

WATCH: How Election Officials And USPS Handle Mail-In Ballots

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The pandemic is pushing more voters to cast ballots by mail. While most evidence shows that voting fraud is extremely rare, President Trump has been claiming the opposite. Now he’s criticizing the idea of more funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which congressional Democrats say is needed to support the increase… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

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

Jacksonville, Ohio- Voters cast in their ballots.

2 Suits Target Ohio Voting Procedures Ahead Of 2020 Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights groups and Democrats have filed separate lawsuits in Ohio aimed at making voting easier this November amid the coronavirus pandemic. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sued Friday on behalf of voting rights groups and an individual, arguing that Ohio has an… Read More

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

What Voting Might Look Like In Ohio This November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has more of an idea about what this November’s election will look like now that the state’s election chief has handed down a directive outlining details to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive tells local boards to print additional ballots, get plenty of… Read More

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

Two Different Plans To Address Potential Problems In November’s Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has formed a task force with local and statewide elections officials to prepare for the November election. He’s pushing legislation that would make changes for November but Democrats have their own bill to do that. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the Ohio… Read More

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Federal Appeals Court Stays Lower Order Allowing Group More Time to Collect Petition Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to a group that’s trying to put changes to voting laws on this fall’s ballot. A federal court stayed a lower court ruling that gave the group more time and allowed for electronic signatures. The court’s order means the group will have to collect… Read More

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

Groups Call for Election Reforms Before the November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — COVID-19 closed down the March primary election, and lawmakers extended the absentee ballot deadline to late April.  Voter rights groups are asking state lawmakers to reform voting laws now, to avoid confusion before the November election. But they are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to which… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Ohio Ballot Campaigns Allowed More Flexibility on Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio to allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday gives campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and allows them to… Read More

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

Voting Rights Group Wants More Opportunities for Early Voting this Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s secretary of state says an election day with in-person voting is still the plan for this fall, but he’s suggesting some changes in case concerns about coronavirus keep voters away.  A key voting rights group agrees, but wants to go further. Secretary of State Frank LaRose is suggesting online… Read More

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Beshear Order Allows Voting by Mail in Kentucky Primary

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an order allowing Kentucky residents to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election. The governor’s office said Friday that state elections officials also are working on a plan for limited in-person voting and possible drive-thru voting. The primary is set for June 23. The governor’s… Read More