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Ohio closing in on 2 million absentee ballot requests 

BY: - September 23, 2020

Voters turn to absentee ballots amid pandemic More Ohioans are embracing absentee voting this year than ever before, figures provided by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose show.  A total of 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications had been received by the 88 county boards of elections offices as of Sept. 18, LaRose announced. That includes nearly […]

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The general election Ohioans don’t deserve

BY: - August 26, 2020

Watching the past three months unfold has left voter advocates and election administrators scratching their heads and rolling their eyes. It seems our elected officials learned nothing from the botched primary election. You would think the sting of national humiliation for fumbling this year’s primary would spur the kind of election improvements we saw in […]

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Removal of post office boxes is concerning as it makes postal workers’ jobs harder

BY: - August 24, 2020

Last week, a photo of a man loading USPS mailboxes on to a truck in downtown Columbus had gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. Many social media users had shared the photo, outraged, with many saying that these box removals had been done only days prior, shortly after President Donald Trump’s contentious words directed at […]

Low-key special election offers test run for November 

BY: - August 10, 2020

As voters entered the Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene last week, they were greeted with markings on the ground encouraging distance before checking in at the polls. A glass covering separated voters from precinct officials. Everyone wore masks. And when the results came back on a slate of local property transfers to other school […]

Voting by mail gains traction, but advocates warn it’s not ‘a panacea’

BY: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their right to vote. But for large swaths of the population, voting by mail isn’t a viable option. The voting debacle in […]

Secretary of State announces more polls to be relocated amid COVID-19 fears

BY: and - March 10, 2020

Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced plans Tuesday to relocate at least 125 polling locations just seven days before primary voting begins, a number that has swelled as a result of mounting COVID-19 related concerns. At a press conference, LaRose said he could not immediately say how many voters are among those assigned to those […]

Democratic Ohio House member looks to introduce automatic voter registration bill

BY: - January 10, 2020

A new proposal to require voters to be automatically registered to vote could be filed in the Ohio House by the end of the week, according to its sponsor. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, is pushing forward with a move that has been supported by Secretary of State Frank LaRose in the past, and […]

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New Ohio House bill would allow judges to include party affiliation on ballot

BY: - December 31, 2019

A House Bill introduced during the holiday break would allow judges to run under party affiliation, which the sponsors of the bill say would allow voters to have more information about the candidates. House Bill 460 would allow judges races to become partisan in a general election, as opposed to the non-partisan ballot which also […]