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Ohio embracing more efficient way to audit state election results

BY: - May 25, 2021

As lawmakers debate proposed changes to Ohio’s election system, the Secretary of State’s Office is planning ahead on ensuring future election results are accurate.  County boards of elections conduct General Election audits in midterm and presidential years, in accordance with state law. The results announced on election night are “unofficial” until they are officially certified […]

Ohio bill would require hundreds of ballot drop boxes be installed across state

BY: - March 19, 2021

Democratic lawmakers want to increase voter drop box access throughout the state of Ohio, proposing to install hundreds of boxes for future elections. State Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, believe the additional drop boxes will make voting more convenient for Ohioans seeking to cast absentee ballots. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, […]

There were many efforts to change Ohio election laws in 2020, but few succeeded

BY: - December 22, 2020

More Ohioans voted in the 2020 General Election than in any other election in state history. Elections officials, voter rights advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are still looking into ways to improve voting access for the years to come.  There were numerous legislative efforts to change Ohio’s elections system in big […]

2020 Election: Ongoing live coverage in Ohio

BY: - November 3, 2020

Follow along here as we update you throughout Election Day on what’s going on in Ohio. Polls are open today from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Unofficial results will start coming in after the polls close, though full results may not be known election night due to outstanding absentee and provisional ballots that will need […]

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Ohio still in need of more poll workers as Election Day approaches

BY: - October 16, 2020

Ohio still needs your help. The General Election is a few weeks away and many counties are still searching for more poll workers. The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office has identified a bare minimum of poll workers required in each county, as well as a higher goal to shoot for. There are also minimums and […]

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

BY: - October 9, 2020

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 — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

BY: - October 8, 2020

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 registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

Trump shifts focus of his accusations from illegal immigrants to mail-in voting TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up […]

Mail-in ballots are safe from fraud, but other aspects of election system are vulnerable to attack

BY: - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe […]

Today is the last day to register to vote in 2020 General Election

BY: - October 5, 2020

Today is the final day that Ohioans can register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the 2020 General Election. Registration is available online at the Ohio Secretary of State website. Monday is also the deadline for updating your voter registration, such as an address change. It is important that your voter registration […]

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What’s going on with all the Ohio elections lawsuits? An explainer

BY: - September 18, 2020

Courtroom battles. Victories and appeals. Allegations of a judicial conspiracy. Political parties are involved in a flurry of Ohio lawsuits surrounding the 2020 General Election before the first votes here have been cast. The Ohio Democratic Party and other voter advocacy groups have filed lawsuits against Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking to change certain […]

Ohio joins other states in refusing to foot the bill for ballot postage

BY: - September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Ohio Democrats are fuming over a recent decision to levy what they call a “modern-day poll tax” on voters this fall: the cost of the stamps needed to mail a ballot. The state’s GOP-led Controlling Board this week rejected a $3 million proposal to pay for postage on absentee ballots and ballot application forms. […]