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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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Ohio’s primary election is back on after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a sweeping package of coronavirus-related legislation. The new “election day” is April 28, but don’t plan on visiting your polling place—for the vast majority of Ohioans, the remainder of the election will be carried out through the mail.

A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
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A new lawsuit filed by four voting rights groups seeks to make it easier to cast a ballot during Ohio's delayed primary election.

A consensus is growing in Ohio - among Democrats and Republicans alike - that it is time Ohio set a date for its primary election, which was to have happened Tuesday, so that all of this can be over, once and for all.

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.
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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.

A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
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Ohio voters didn’t head to the polls Tuesday, and it’s still not completely clear when they will. 

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
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Update: Tuesday, March 17, 6:51 a.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s primary election Tuesday will not take place after all. 

A voter fills out his ballot, taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

As coronavirus-related closures swept across Ohio, early voting thundered on ahead of Tuesday's primary election. Thousands of voters came out around the state to cast ballots in person on the final weekend of early voting.

The coronavirus outbreak has already led Georgia and Louisiana to postpone upcoming primary elections, but leaders in four states — Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio — that vote on Tuesday say they will continue as planned.

Community Banks In Ohio

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The number of local banks in Ohio has been cut in half since the 1990s.

In their absence, people are turning to online banking options, but unreliable internet leaves a void in many rural communities.

Secretary LaRose (right) showing a resident the new machine at National Church Residences in Columbus.
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With one week until the Ohio primary, the state’s boards of elections are moving 128 polling places at nursing homes and senior residential facilities over concerns about coronavirus.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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The Ohio elections chief says nearly 150,000 absentee ballots have been requested with about three weeks to go before the state's March 17 presidential primary. 

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Voting rights advocates, computer security experts and some county elections officials gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for a cybersecurity initiative. And some say they feel like they have the information they need to protect Ohio’s upcoming primary.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The state’s chief elections officer is criticizing President Trump and other key figures for sharing rumors and false information related to voting, recently about the Iowa caucuses but going all the way back to the 2016 election.

This comes as Ohioans prepare to start early voting in two weeks for the presidential primary in March.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose and board of elections officials at his press event on February 5, 2020.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Franklin County is among the 90% of Ohio counties considered compliant with the Secretary of State’s order to improve election security. Just eight counties are considered incomplete, with two weeks until voters start casting early ballots for the March presidential primary.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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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.

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