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The House passed an extensive bill Friday that would overhaul the way Americans vote and take aim at the money currently flowing through the U.S. political system.

The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen before convening for the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding the majority, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
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Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial opened in a federal lawsuit against state officials who controlled the redistricting.

voting booths
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Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose is warning voters to be vigilant when they come across information regarding politics and government on social media, he says misinformation remains a top priority in the fight against elections meddling.

Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Election Cybersecurity Bill

Feb 26, 2019
Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio's new elections chief is ready to voice his support for a bill he says aims to better protect the battleground state's election systems from cyberattacks.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, says giving workers a day off for Election Day is an interesting idea, but he’s not convinced it’s the one and only solution.

Sandusky, Ohio, is a small city on the shores of Lake Erie. It's best known among Midwesterners as the home of Cedar Point, an amusement park famed for its abundance of roller coasters.

But last week city leaders took steps that could make Sandusky known as a leader of democracy, too: They declared Election Day a paid holiday – by swapping out Columbus Day.

Franklin County is spending $12 million on new voting equipment, with the state of Ohio chipping in $10 million
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Franklin County voters can choose between touch screen machines and paper ballots for May's election.

Frank LaRose was sworn-in as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State over the weekend before a crowd of friends, colleagues and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

When Ohio State elections law professor Daniel Tokaji tells colleagues from other parts of the world about how the United States picks election officials, he says they're stunned.

"And not in the good way," says Tokaji.

That's because in a large portion of the U.S., elections are supervised by an official who is openly aligned with a political party. It's a system of election administration that's routinely come under scrutiny over the past two decades, and did again in this year's midterms especially in Georgia, Florida and Kansas.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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This month’s election results are still unofficial, and the process to close out the 2018 midterms started this weekend.

In the months leading up to the midterms, Ohio election officials tried to make their computer systems harder to hack.

They role-played how to handle cyberattacks and received help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They say last week’s vote went off without major cybersecurity problems. Now they have to prepare for an even bigger election—the 2020 presidential race.

Dark Money and Politics

Oct 12, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that nonprofit political groups must disclose the identities of any donor giving more than $200. Many hailed the decision as a victory for political transparency, but many also still are concerned about the political influence of untraceable, corporate “dark money” in elections.  Today on All Sides: how dark money shapes the U.S. political landscape.   

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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.

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