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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. […]

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Republicans on Ohio Controlling Board reject prepaid postage for voters

BY: - September 14, 2020

A majority of Ohio Controlling Board members are not convinced there is a need to make voting by mail more convenient by prepaying for postage this fall.  They made that determination Monday at a meeting held digitally because of COVID-19 safety protocols — a Zoom conference which began just 45 minutes after news broke that […]

Fact-checking Trump’s claims on voting by mail and drop boxes

BY: - September 1, 2020

Sitting in his office above downtown Columbus, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose took to social media to set the record straight. He played a video clip that falsely implied Ohio mail-in ballots would be at risk of getting tossed aside by partisan postal workers. “Absolutely not true,” LaRose said, delving into a string of […]

Ohio Secretary of State sued by Kanye West campaign demanding Ohio candidacy

BY: - August 28, 2020

Ohio’s Secretary of State is being sued by Kanye West, who is attempting to compel the state’s elections chief to put his name on the November ballot. West and his running mate, Michelle Tidball, are listed as parties in court documents filed Wednesday with the Ohio Supreme Court, against Frank LaRose. West and Tidball are […]

Ohioans can use voter drop boxes in multiple ways this fall

BY: - August 26, 2020

Ohio voter drop boxes are shaping up to play an important role in the election process this fall. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties will feature one drop box and they can be used for more than just dropping off completed ballots. The 88 county boards of election offices must all have their drop boxes installed […]

Controlling Board gets update on absentee ballots, approved education, COVID-19 testing funding

BY: - August 25, 2020

The state’s controlling board has designated money for schools, election boards and COVID-19 testing, but members of those departments spent most of their time Monday answering questions on future plans. In their regular meeting, the legislative body that distributes funding to governmental entities approved funding to train election precinct officials, and the distribution of CARES […]

Elections 2020: LaRose caught between advocates, inactive legislature

BY: - August 5, 2020

Voting rights advocates have identified several changes they believe would make it easier for Ohioans to vote this November. With time running out for the state legislature to enact laws impacting the 2020 General Election, these advocates are pleading for Secretary of State Frank LaRose to take action. LaRose is the statewide official who oversees […]

Voting rights groups recommends health safety measures for election

BY: - August 4, 2020

The Ohio Voting Rights Coalition urged state leaders on Monday to adopt its recommendations for safe in-person voting procedures leading up to the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.  In a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the group outlined six key measures endorsed by over 250 public health officials, voting rights and allied […]

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Yes, there’s an August election for some Ohioans. Here are the details.

BY: - June 30, 2020

With the primary election over with, voters are looking ahead to the high-profile presidential election this November. But not so fast. There will actually be an Aug. 4 special election held in a select number of communities around Ohio. These involve school districts, fire departments and in one case funding the expenses for a local […]

LaRose says Trump and Biden ‘need to stop’ questioning election integrity

BY: - June 24, 2020

Ohio’s top elections official has condemned both presidential candidates’ comments about the integrity of the 2020 election, saying they need to stop questioning “the integrity of our elections.” Secretary of State Frank LaRose named both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden as culprits of spreading misinformation. “In Ohio we hold ourselves to the […]