David Pepper

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

With just two weeks before voters start casting ballots in Ohio, there are four different lawsuits pending over the state's voting process. They range from the way absentee ballot requests can be made to how mail-in ballots can be returned to boards of elections.

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.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

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 marks National Registration Day at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

One of the lawsuits filed over voting in Ohio saw some action this weekend, as Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose received an emergency stay to keep him from having to accept absentee ballot requests by fax or email.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

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.

Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio, on March 10, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Labor Day usually marks the point when presidential candidates ramp up their campaigning, but neither  President Trump nor Joe Biden have finalized their itineraries for in-person events. Trump has already come to Ohio a few times this summer, while Biden hasn't been campaigning much in person anywhere.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

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.

Jim O'Bryan drops off his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

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. 

The only fraud being perpetrated in the 2020 presidential election so far is the unmitigated nonsense being tweeted out on a nearly daily basis by the president of the United States.

A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed primary Election Day, which was called off due to the coronavirus.

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The decision to postpone Ohio's primary has stirred up legal challenges, including a state supreme court lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party. Leaders there say this is actually a preemptive strike to protect the extended primary.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Iowa Democratic Caucus failed to produce results on Monday night due to what state party officials cited as "inconsistencies with the reports." As Ohio prepares for its primary in March, the state's top elections official is assuring people that Ohio's system is set up to avoid this type of problem.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

It was a freezing cold day in Clintonville on Dec. 17, 2019, the evening before the U.S. House voted to impeach President Trump. Some 200 people gathered, chanting and waving signs, many of which were homemade.

Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang responds to questions following a Democratic presidential primary debate at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville.
Tony Dejak / AP

Two of the Democrats and one Republican running for president have failed to be certified for Ohio's spring primary ballot. One will be a write-in candidate though. 

Trump Files For Re-Election In Politically Divided Ohio

Dec 17, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks to the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbus.
Evan Vucci / AP

Republican President Donald Trump has filed for re-election in Ohio just days before a House impeachment vote is scheduled against him.

If you are a member of Congress and the president from your own party stands up and says "there's nobody more honorable" than you, you might be tempted to be puffed up a bit.

Unless, of course, that president is Donald Trump, the man who is the very definition of the term loose cannon.

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