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Battle for the Ballot

The nation faces a historic election Nov. 3 in the throes of a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 U.S. lives, widespread protests against racism and unprecedented economic devastation. It follows years of voting law changes and challenges as well as a misinformation campaign to undermine confidence in the election. States Newsroom’s collective of independent news outlets collaborated to present a sweeping picture of voter access and barriers to the ballot.

We invite you to read our five-day series from across the network, publishing Oct. 5-9.

Ohio girds for unrest as governor says he didn’t anticipate right-wing...

As he called up the National Guard Tuesday to prepare for a possible attack on the Statehouse, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said...

Where’s the beef? Portman won’t provide evidence of voter fraud

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is continuing to raise doubts about the integrity of American elections — even after President Donald Trump's lies about the...

Despite scandal, DeWine says he takes corruption seriously

Despite a massive bribery scandal related to a lobbying effort involving his appointees and members of his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration takes corruption seriously.

Trump lost, but DeWine won’t knock him for refusing to admit...

Democrat Joe Biden might have won the popular vote by 7 million and gotten 306 electoral votes. But Donald Trump is cajoling state and...

Chairman of panel nominating regulator’s replacement also has ties to FirstEnergy,...

The connections between a power company at the center of a massive scandal involving a nuclear bailout and the Ohio agency that's supposed to...

Bankruptcy judge orders lobbyists to explain their role in HB 6

A federal judge handling the bankruptcy of a company involved in an allegedly corrupt nuclear bailout has ordered a prominent law firm to explain...

Portman says Biden “likely” next president, says Trump’s behavior has been...

Under growing national pressure, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Monday conceded that former Vice President Joe Biden is "likely" to be the next president...

Where Ohio’s GOP leaders are on the outcome of the election

Some, but not all, Ohio Republican officials on Monday appeared to be distancing themselves from Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the Nov. 3 election is being stolen from him.

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

And it’s sowing the ground for a contested election See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his reelection campaign have lobbed...

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter...

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter...
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