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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, has told Ohio's 88 county boards of elections they can have more than one drop box for  absentee voters but they can't be scattered about - they must all be on board of elections' property. But Friday, a U.S. District Court judge in Cleveland ordered LaRose to allow county board of elections to put drop boxes at multiple locations, if they want.

For many trans people, legally changing their name is a definitive statement of who they are and an affirmation of their identity. The process is not easy, and a name change in Ohio can take months and a small mountain of paperwork. It’s also playing into the fears of some trans people that the change could cost them their vote.

Handing out flyers. Accosting fellow students in between classes. Handwritten signs and decorated tables on the oval. That’s what voter outreach on campus used to look like. 

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This November, a political newcomer looks to unseat the incumbent in Ohio's second congressional district.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

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In January 2017, then-Bengal Adam "Pacman" Jones, a professional football player with a long history of brushes with the law, was arrested by Cincinnati Police in a melee at the Millennial Hotel downtown and charged with three misdemeanors and one felony count, for spitting on a nurse at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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This November, Hamilton County Republicans have their sights set on one race far above all others: getting incumbent Joe Deters re-elected prosecutor. He faces a candidate he has run against for the seat once before, former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker.

Gov. Mike DeWine says that President Trump's diagnosis and hospitalization should be a reminder that "no one is immune" from COVID-19.

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Rep. Steve Chabot faces a competitive race to retain his seat in Ohio's first congressional district. The Westwood Republican was first elected in 1994, was ousted from his seat during the Democratic wave in 2008 but won back his seat in 2010.

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Jacquelyn Martin, Carolyn Kaster / AP

With President Donald Trump being treated for COVID-19 - an issue he had hoped to move past - is now front and center again. As Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris prepare to debate Wednesday night, the president's health takes center stage. We'll have a full preview of the only vice presidential debate, scheduled for 9 p.m. at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

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Tony Dejak / AP

Americans may not agree on a lot these days, but one thing is certain: This is an election year like none other. Whether you are voting by mail, voting early or heading to the polls in-person on Tuesday, Nov. 3, here's everything voters in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana need to know about casting a ballot this year. 

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Updated: Tuesday, 11:50 a.m.

After former municipal judge Fanon Rucker won the Democratic primary for Hamilton County Prosecutor, all eyes moved to Republican Joe Deters, the 22-year incumbent he will face in November.

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After a contentious Democratic primary where Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil failed to gain his own party’s endorsement, his fellow Democratic challenger Charmaine McGuffey now faces Bruce Hoffbauer to be the highest-ranking lawperson in the county.

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The race for the Hamilton County Commission seat once held by the late Todd Portune features three candidates campaigning hard for the four-year term.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will take reporters' questions Friday at 3 p.m. following the news that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Andrew Harnik / AP

After Donald Trump won Ohio by a convincing eight percentage point margin in 2016, there was an assumption by many Republicans and Democrats that Ohio would not be a factor in the 2020 presidential contest.

But that was then; this is now.

Haley Belisle, a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University, was baffled this spring when the Hardin County Board of elections rejected her application to vote absentee in the state’s presidential primary. 

The problem was her signature on the application: It didn’t match her voter registration signature.

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Andrew Harnik / AP

Four years ago, Ohio made Donald Trump very happy by handing him its 18 electoral votes. This year, Ohio has the potential to make him very unhappy by taking them back.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their first debate Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Fox News' Chris Wallace is moderating the event, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Debate topics will include the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the Supreme Court.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

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Like the primary, the 2020 general election will be unique for voters due to the pandemic. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has met opposition from his own Republican colleagues at the statehouse for his support of some measures to extend access to voters. And now he's upset Democrats for resisting the expansion of county-level ballot drop boxes.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a virtual dead heat – with Biden leading Trump 48% to 47%.

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The Supreme Court, the global pandemic and nationwide protests are all up for debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden Tuesday in Cleveland. Ohio's Case Western Reserve University will set the stage for the first presidential debate.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday declined to condemn President Trump's comments where he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election.

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In February 2016, nine months before the presidential election that produced the Trump presidency, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a respected federal appeals court judge, to replace a conservative justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly that month.

President Donald Trump announced his new Supreme Court Justice pick "will be a woman" at a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio on Monday.

Trump said his team has been vetting five finalists, and that the official announcement would come on Friday or Saturday this week.

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Following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - and with little more than a month to go before a presidential election - President Trump has said he will announce his third appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court later this week. Democrats, Republicans, and most of America, have a lot to say about this. 

How Mail-in Voting Works In Ohio: A Step-By-Step Guide

Sep 20, 2020
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Tony Dejak / AP

Mail-in or absentee voting has in the past only accounted for a small percentage of all votes cast nationwide. But as a global pandemic stops normal life for most Americans, an unprecedented number of states are encouraging voting by mail, including Ohio and Kentucky.

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Will we know if Joe Biden will be the 46th POTUS on the night of the Nov. 3 election, or will Donald Trump be in place for another four years?

The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas has demanded Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose explain his office's comments that he’ll keep in place a directive that prohibits county election boards from adding additional drop boxes.

Kentucky’s local election officials have begun submitting plans for how they will conduct in-person voting during the upcoming General Election, but only plans from 26 of the state’s 120 counties have been approved so far.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams are allowing anyone who wants to cast ballots by mail to do so and no-excuse early voting will be available in every county starting Oct. 13.

But for most counties, it’s still unclear how many in-person polling locations will be available in each county, or where they’ll be.

The State Board of Elections approved plans from the first batch of counties on Tuesday, most of them small and medium-sized counties.

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