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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.

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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.

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.

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.

The Franklin County Court that yesterday ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose could and should allow installation of more ballot drop boxes throughout Ohio has taken another action. That same court is asking LaRose to explain comments made by his office that indicate he’ll keep in place a directive that prohibits additional drop boxes. 

Ohio’s Secretary of State will ask a panel of state lawmakers Monday to allow him to use money raised from business fees to buy postage for mail-in ballots. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal way of doing things in many areas, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) says election night is no exception.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Absentee mail-in ballots are getting most of the attention in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election, but in Ohio, county election officials have a much more potentially serious problem to deal with: a shortage of people to work the polling places on Election Day.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) has referred Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) to the Ohio Elections Commission based on several potential campaign finance issues. Among the referrals is a claim that Vitale mixed funds from personal or business accounts with his campaign account.

With less than 12 weeks before the presidential election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) is sending out the rules all boards of elections must follow, including a decision to only allow one ballot drop box for each county.

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Must be some deep thinkers in Columbus at Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

House lawmakers met with Ohio's top elections official to discuss ways of making the state's campaign finance system more transparent. The meeting comes after the former house speaker was indicted for an alleged bribery scheme to get a nuclear power plant bailout through the Ohio General Assembly.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Sometime soon - very soon - Ohio's chief elections officer, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, is going to have to make a decision: Does he make it easier for people with absentee ballots to return them to their county boards of election, or does he make it harder?

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Tony Dejak / AP

Every indication is that more Ohioans than ever will choose to vote by mail this November - in part, because of concerns over going to polling places in a pandemic.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state's top elections official, is working with craft breweries to help increase the number of registered voters in Ohio. He says this is just one way to reach eligible voters.

Ohio will send out an absentee ballot request form to every registered voter ahead of November’s election, which the Secretary of State expects to be the biggest in state history.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has formed a task force with local and statewide elections officials to prepare for the November election. He’s pushing legislation that would make changes for November but Democrats have their own bill to do that.

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

Cincinnati Edition takes a look at the upcoming presidential and local primary contests and what voters need to do to participate.

90 percent of all Ohio counties are now considered compliant with an election security order issued by the Secretary of State last summer. That leaves a handful that aren’t, with two weeks until voters start casting early ballots for the March presidential primary.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose is pushing county elections officials to complete a series of security preparations for the 2020 election.

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