Hamilton County Board of Elections

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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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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.

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

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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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The Hamilton County Board of Elections is a step closer to issuing certified results for the delayed March primary election.

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Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Even though Ohio's primary ended April 28, the election isn't over just yet. Results aren't official until they are certified by the Hamilton County Board of Elections, and for them, the process is just getting started.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections has mailed out more than 134,000 ballots for the spring primary. Elections Director Sherry Poland says as of Tuesday, just about 58% of those have been returned. That's more than usual, because the regular March 17 primary was changed to all-absentee ballots and the voting period was extended to April 28.

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Absentee ballot applications are being placed at the customer service desks of 12 Kroger stores throughout Hamilton County, a release from the Board of Elections states. Director Sherry Poland says the decision came about after finding many people lacked access to print the required online form. 

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections has moved 30 voting precincts from 24 facilities because of concerns about COVID-19.  An official says all moves were to nearby voting locations.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections is expecting 50% of voters to cast ballots during this year's primary election on March 17.

Voting With A Disability Is About To Get Easier

Aug 13, 2019
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People with disabilities are testing out new voting technology that will allow them to vote independently. A group of people got to test out the new technology Tuesday at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County's Board of Elections is showing off a new voting system. The Hart InterCivic's Verity Voting System is being hailed by the BOE director and Ohio's secretary of state for its accessibility to those with physical limitations.

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Courtesy of Burke and Triantafilou

Two guys, Tim and Alex, who would fuss and fight with each other on the Hamilton County Board of Elections every once in a while (OK, quite a bit) knew how to put their partisan differences aside at the end of the day.

Unheard of in this age of uncivil talk and smart aleck tweets in politics.

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Ohio's Secretary of State has scuttled a move by Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to refer Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas for a possible criminal investigation.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Voters all over Hamilton County Some experienced confusion and frustration at the polls after scanner machines began spitting their ballots back out at them Tuesday morning.

And it was all due to a feature on the machine that the Board of Elections has had for several years before but never used in an election, Hamilton County Board of Elections chairman Tim Burke told WVXU. 

"The scanners were spitting out ballots that were under-voted and the poll workers had never been trained on what to do about that,'' Burke said. "This should never have happened and it happened in every corner of  the county." 

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WVXU politics writer Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the carnival atmosphere over the weekend at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as voters formed long lines to cast their early ballots. It would appear that, in Hamilton County at least, Democrats are doing a somewhat better job than the Republicans when it comes to organizing the early vote. 

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An angry exchange broke out Tuesday morning among members of the Hamilton County Board of Elections over accusations of a election law violation by Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas.

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The deputy director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections said this morning she blacked out the memo line on four checks after Sarah Topy, Aftab Pureval's campaign manager asked her if it was legal to do so. 

Sally Krisel, a long-time employee of the board and former elections director, said Thursday morning that she believed it was legal. 

Krisel apologized to the board of elections and elections director Sherry Poland at an "emergency meeting" of the elections board held this morning.

Anderson Township

A complaint filed with the Hamilton County Board of Elections claims Anderson Township Trustee Andrew S. Pappas broke Ohio law while gathering petitions this summer for a repeal of a proposed sales tax increase.

But Pappas, a Republican, says in a letter to board members that it was simply a mistake on his part and offered an apology.

WVXU

All eyes were on the Alabama senate race this week. But there was also a legal battle over whether to keep digital ballot images or delete them.

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