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Appeals Court Rules Secretary Of State Can Allow More Ballot Drop Boxes

Lake County drop box
Abigail Bottar, WKSU
Lake County drop box

The Tenth District Court of Appeals has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can allow more ballot drop boxes ahead of the November election. But the ruling stopped short of ordering him to add the boxes.

The Ohio Democratic Party's David Pepper says this rulingpaves the way for LaRose to add more drop boxes if he really wants to do it.

"The obstacle Frank LaRose has always held out as the reason not to do it was the law didn't let him. This decision cleared away that obstacle and said there's nothing in Ohio law that would keep you from adding drop boxes. So now it's time to do what you said you wanted to do all along," Pepper says.

LaRose has said in recent weeks that he doesn't want to add drop boxes now, this close to the election. Earlier this week, some labor unions volunteered to make drop boxes at no cost and said they could have them ready in no time. Last week, the Franklin County Common Pleas Court put on hold the directive from LaRose that prevents more dropboxes but the court issued a stay while this appeal was heard  

Today's ruling could be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. A federal court has been watching this lower court to see what it orders. And it could step in if LaRose appeals. His spokeswoman, Maggie Sheehan, says "we have received and are reviewing the decision and are pleased with the court's ruling to reverse the injunction."

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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.