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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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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio handled its primary election during this global pandemic. They also talk about the controversy over who is and is not required to wear masks in stores and other businesses.

Just under a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters actually cast ballots in the primary election which ended earlier this week. Low turnout was expected after the original March 17th in person Election Day was canceled because of coronavirus concerns, and absentee voting by mail was extended until this past Tuesday. And there are now calls for change to make it easier to vote this fall.

Security outside of the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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The League of Women Voters said Ohio's low voter turnout is proof that the state was unprepared for a mostly vote-by-mail primary election. 

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.
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Ohio's election Tuesday was definitely out of the ordinary, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose still counts it as successful.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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More than 1.97 million Ohioans requested mail-in ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary election. But boards of elections across the state are still expecting some voters to cast provisional ballots in person.

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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Ohio's virus-extended 2020 primary is finally coming to end, nearly 10 weeks after voting began. State officials postponed in-person voting scheduled March 17 due to safety amid the pandemic, and they wound up with a mostly vote-by-mail plan that will allow in-person voting Tuesday for some people with special circumstances.

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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Ohioans who requested but haven't yet received their absentee ballot by Tuesday's election will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot at their county board of elections.

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Voter participation in Ohio's pandemic-delayed primary election is on a slow pace with less than one week to go.

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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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the calls to re-open the state economy and the looming absentee ballot deadline. Ohio Secretery of State Frank LaRose joins the show.

The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with a coalition that’s pushing a voting rights amendment for this fall’s ballot. The justices rejected a decision made by majority Republicans on the state ballot board to split the amendment into four parts.

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

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.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

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.
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.

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

Ohio voters didn’t head to the polls Tuesday, and it’s still not completely clear when they will. 

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