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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.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned Ohioans Tuesday that the final results of November's presidential contest will probably not be known on election night.

A record number of people are expected to vote absentee this year, fueling concerns that determining the results could take weeks.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose briefs reporters on election preparations at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
Julie Carr Smyth / AP

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal way of doing things in many areas, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose says election night is no exception.

Absentee mail-in ballots are getting most of the attention in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election, but in Ohio, county election officials have a much more potentially serious problem to deal with: a shortage of people to work the polling places on Election Day.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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In North Carolina on Wednesday, President Trump told voters to vote in person after already casting a ballot through the mail. Trump claimed that if they are declined the right to vote, they’ll know their mail-in ballot counted. But that's illegal in Ohio.

Kanye West has filed a petition to run for president in Ohio.
Michael Wyke / Associated Press

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says his reasons for rejecting Kanye West's bid to be a presidential candidate on the November ballot were clear. The state's top elections official says the paperwork for the petitions was filled out wrong.

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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Ohio’s Secretary of State has released the list of nearly 116,000 voter registrations that are in danger of being removed after the November election. Now it’s up to community groups to help find these voters.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Ohio Secretary of State is accusing fellow Republican and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder of 162 violations of campaign finance laws stemming from the nuclear bailout law he worked to pass. The campaign finance violations are related to the felony criminal charges Householder faces in federal court.

The secure ballot drop box at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Morse Road.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

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.

Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana)
Ohio House

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has referred state Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) to the Ohio Elections Commission based on several potential campaign finance issues. Among the referrals is a claim that Vitale mixed funds from personal or business accounts with his campaign account.

Kanye West has filed a petition to run for president in Ohio.
Michael Wyke / Associated Press

Rapper and billionaire Kanye West is suing the Ohio Secretary of State in an effort to be placed on the November presidential ballot, after he denied West's petition to be an independent candidate.

Pention workers for the nuclear power plant bailout are collecting signatures throughout Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit against Ohio’s Secretary of State over the way county election boards handle signatures on absentee ballots and applications.

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.

An absentee ballot application from the state of Ohio.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

Perhaps you’ve received an unsolicited absentee ballot application form in your mail. It's possible the application is legitimate but from an unfamiliar group, and filling it out incorrectly could delay getting your ballot on time.

Kanye West has filed a petition to run for president in Ohio.
Michael Wyke / Associated Press

Kanye West has been disqualified from Ohio's presidential ballot, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Friday.

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