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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

Ohio Democratic Party Drops Its Lawsuit Over Election Day Postponement

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed Election Day. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the lawsuit sought to make sure Ohioans who didn’t get to cast ballots on Election Day got the chance to vote by mail. State lawmakers approved extending absentee voting for the primary election to April 28th and making it mail-in only instead of opening the polls on June 2, as Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose had proposed.

“I’m glad it’s not going to be an in-person election on June 2nd which I think would have been very chaotic," Pepper says.

Pepper says there’s no guarantee that coronavirus would be under control by that date. While lawmakers gave Pepper most of what he wanted, he says he wishes they would have put in a provision to pay for postage for forms to request those absentee ballots.

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