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A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
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An Ohio group that wanted to put voter reforms on the fall ballot has dropped its effort, after losing court battles to make signature collecting easier during the pandemic. 

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to expedite a case from the group trying to put a voter rights amendment on the November ballot. Ohioans For Secure And Fair Elections is seeking to appeal a decision by the Ohio Ballot Board to split their measure into four different initiatives.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split a voter rights measure into four separate potential ballot issues. The amendment, which includes constitutionally protected early voting and automated voter registration, could now circulate as four different petitions.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The Ohio Attorney General has cleared the language for a proposal to update Ohio's voter registration system. It now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board for approval before organizers can begin collecting signatures.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to make voter registration easier and more accessable in Ohio. Ben Guess, executive director of ACLU of Ohio, joins the show.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected language for a potential ballot issue on voting. The group behind the initiative to expand and solidify voter rights says they remain committed to the issue.

NAACP Endorses Ballot Campaign To Streamline Ohio Voting

Jan 30, 2020
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The Ohio branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization has endorsed an ballot initiative aimed at streamlining the state's voting process.

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An Ohio State University elections law professor says a proposed constitutional amendment on voter registration would likely lead to more engagement.

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a bill that would automatically register high school students to vote. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) joins the show.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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A pair of bills in the Ohio General Assembly would change the way people register to vote, making it an automatic process instead requiring them to fill out forms or go online. In both, people could still opt out of the process, although the two bills approach the problem differently.

Franklin County Board of Elections director David Payne talks to a voter on Saturday, the day after the county set an all-time in-person early voting record of more than 6,800 voters.
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In the days before Tuesday's primary election, Republican Secretary Frank LaRose showed up at a Columbus retirement home to walk residents through using the state's new voting machines. Organizers set up a mock ballot asking about favorite dog breed, beach or hobbies.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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Ohio’s top elections official says it’s already easy to vote in Ohio, but he wants to make it even easier with automatic voter registration.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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As the Ohio House prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed operating budget, Democratic members want to make sure their priorities are considered.

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.

Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.