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Brown Urges State To Take Union Workers' Offer To Make Drop Boxes

Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says more ballot drop boxes are needed for this election. And he says union tradespeople are offering to make them, at no cost, so they can be put in place in time for it. 

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, a former Ohio Secretary of State, says this election is on par to having historic turnout. 

“We’ve seen already more absentee ballot requests than we saw throughout 2016. So there’s going to be a huge turnout. We ought to make it easier for people so there’s less congestion. That’s why you want more drop boxes," Brown said.

Instead of wasting time on a court appeal, Secretary of State LaRose should accept this offer and GET TO WORK locating these drop boxes.— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) September 28, 2020

Sec of State Frank LaRose is appealing a lower court ruling that said he should and could have more drop boxes installed, especially in larger counties. In a letter, Brown tells LaRose he should drop the appeal and accept the offer from the unions to make more drop boxes. 

In a written statement, Maggie Sheehan with Ohio Sec of State Frank LaRose says "This concerns a matter that is still being litigated in the courts, and because of this, we cannot provide comment."

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.