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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.

Politics Chat: Absentee Drop Boxes Still A Problem For Local Election Officials

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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.

In Hamilton County, Democrats want to place several of them around the county so that it would be more convenient for voters to drop off their ballots, but Republicans on the board of elections oppose that.

Meanwhile, the one drop box outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections is causing massive traffic jams around the board's Norwood office. 

WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the problem and possible solutions.