Ballot Drop Boxes

In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, a voter casts their ballot on the first day of early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections 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 the various efforts to make voting easier in Ohio and the persistant roadblocks getting in the way. Jen Miller, director of the Ohio League of Women Voters, joins the show. 

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor delivered her State of the Judiciary at the Hilton at Easton on September 12, 2019.
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The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is condemning a statement from the Ohio Republican Party accusing a Franklin County judge of colluding with Democrats on the issue of ballot drop boxes.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, right, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center in Columbus, Ohio, watches early returns in the Ohio primary election from the Election Night Command Center, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has appealed a Franklin County judge's ruling that the state could and should allow more ballot drop boxes during the upcoming election.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center, in Columbus, Ohio, calls for the closing of the polls in the Ohio primary election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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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 secure ballot drop box at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.
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A Franklin County court has ruled against Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, finding that county election boards are allowed to install more than one ballot drop box during the upcoming election.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, right, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center in Columbus, Ohio, watches early returns in the Ohio primary election from the Election Night Command Center, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office is freezing a plan from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to collect absentee ballots at local libraries this fall.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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This is the first of two-part series on Ohio's absentee voting system. Read part two here.

Ohio voters who want to mail in their ballots might be wary when they learn about recent changes made by the U.S. Postal Service, or when they read President Trump’s Twitter feed. But Ohio’s election system has some checks and balances that protect mail-in voters.

The secure ballot drop box at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.
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A second lawsuit has been filed against Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose over his decision to ban county election boards from installing more than one secure ballot box this election.

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After weeks of pressuring the state, the Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow local boards of elections to install more secure ballot drop boxes.

The secure ballot drop box at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.
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In the traditionally-Republican Delaware County, the board of elections is at the end of a strip mall that also houses a Big Lots store. The county's sole drop box is located behind the building, next to a dumpster.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's choice of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. Ohio State University professor Wendy Smooth joins the show.

Jim OBryan drops of his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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With less than 12 weeks before the presidential election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose is instructing county boards of elections that only one secure ballot drop box will be allowed for each county.

Many voters are worried about casting their ballots in person this November because of the pandemic. They're also concerned that their mail-in ballots could be misplaced or delayed.

One voting option that's gaining popularity — and also attracting controversy — is the use of drop boxes, where voters can deposit their absentee ballots to be collected later by election officials.

Jim OBryan drops of his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Voting rights groups say they fear the possible consolidation of polling places this November, due to the ongoing pandemic, will lead to long lines like the ones Ohioans experienced in 2004.