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We're about to get hacked – on purpose. The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office is allowing cybersecurity researchers to probe for weak spots in the state’s election computer systems.

The “vulnerability disclosure policy,” announced this month, invites experts to search Ohio’s election IT systems for flaws, as long as they don’t take sensitive data or cause damage.

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.
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Ohio’s Secretary of State is asking a panel of lawmakers that controls state funds to let his office pay return postage for absentee ballots. The proposed process has never been used before in Ohio.

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.

The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country including Ohio, warning that delays in delivering the mail could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time.

Election officials are seeking clarification from the Postal Service about how recent cutbacks will affect what's expected to be an avalanche of mail-in voting in the upcoming election. Changes in postal operations have already led to mail delays across the country, raising alarms about what will happen in November.

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 O'Bryan drops off 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.

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.
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The Ohio Secretary of State’s office is going forward with legally-mandated voter list maintenance—the so-called "purge" of inactive voters from the rolls. But no names will be removed prior to November’s election.

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.
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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. 

Kanye West has filed a petition to run for president in Ohio.
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A representative for Kanye West has filed for the musician to run for president as an independent in Ohio.

Must be some deep thinkers in Columbus at Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

Susan Weiss has been a poll worker in Bethesda, Md., for 16 years.

"It's really quite an experience doing it," she says. "Setting up all the equipment, putting signs up, putting arrows on the floor, etc. The camaraderie of the group that volunteers is marvelous."

But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic raging, Weiss, who's 74, decided it's just too risky to work the election in November.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose discusses his support for legislation requiring the disclosure of contributions and spending by co-called dark money groups, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Columbus.
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House lawmakers met with Ohio's top elections official to discuss ways of making the state's campaign finance system more transparent. The meeting comes after the former House Speaker was indicted for an alleged bribery scheme to get a nuclear power plant bailout through the Ohio General Assembly.

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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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to reject non-citizen voter registrations in the village of Yellow Springs.

Attorneys in Ohio who need to get some continuing education credits to remain in good standing now have one more way they can do it. They can get two of those credits if they work the polls.

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