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In a sign that America's two centuries-old democracy is under strain, nearly 2 in 5 American voters do not believe elections are fair, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Nearly half of respondents lack faith that votes will be counted accurately in the upcoming midterm elections.

County boards of elections in Ohio are bringing in experts to size up whether their computer systems are vulnerable to hackers.

This November, Akron voters will decide whether to move the city’s primary election from September to May.

More than 6,000 Akron voters signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot and city council approved it at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

Mayor Dan Horrigan, who supports the initiative, said a May primary would save taxpayers money and increase voter turnout.

Five city council members opposed the ballot measure – which triggered the petition process.

At a panel on voting issues in Beachwood Wednesday night, the two major party candidates for secretary of state discussed several election issues that are rarely debated. 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, agreed without hesitation that there needs to be a higher threshold for getting constitutional amendments on the ballot.

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Ohio’s elections chief released a statement seeking to dispel rumors circling last week's special election in Central Ohio’s 12th Congressional district.

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is taking extra steps to clarify the state's process for clearing voter rolls, outlining some new initiatives aimed at helping voters stay up-to-date.

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?

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Do you have to vote even if you don't want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states.

Political brawls over voting laws have consumed states across the country for the past decade. But below the surface, a movement to automatically register eligible voters to vote is rapidly gaining traction. By next year, more than a quarter of all Americans will live in states where they no longer have to fill out registration forms in order to cast a ballot.

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
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Republican state lawmakers say they have a plan to give Ohio’s 88 counties millions of dollars to replace thousands of voting machines that were bought more than a decade ago. The new machines could be ready in time for the 2020 presidential election.

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With their latest ballot proposal to change the structure of Columbus City Council tossed out, activists say their next option may be the courtroom.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded an alarm this week: The Russians are already meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.

"The point is that if their intention is to interfere, they're going to find ways to do that," Tillerson told Fox News. "I think it's important we just continue to say to Russia, look, you think we don't see what you're doing. We do see it, and you need to stop."

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to overhaul the voter registration system in Ohio by making it a system where people can choose to opt out of registering to vote rather than opting in. 

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A Maryland man who wrote a fake news story this fall about a Columbus warehouse holding thousands of fraudulent votes for Hillary Clinton had no evidence - and now, he has no job. 

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A proposal to let Ohioans register to vote online next year could see a possible vote by a legislative panel.

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