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Oak Harbor Mayor Joe Helle (left) and Secretary of State Jon Husted spar outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the arguments in Husted v. APRI.
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The U.S Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging Ohio’s controversial method for maintaining its voter rolls, and the major players from the case were there to hear it.

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Ohio officials and civil liberty advocates are in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a U.S. Supreme Court case that could have implications for how several states update their voter rolls.

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The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether Ohio's so-called use-it-or-lose-it voter registration rule violates federal law.

Ohio, which has the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country, currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.

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Former Army Sgt. Joseph Helle didn't realize something was wrong until he was at his polling place.

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding the commission he created to investigate what he claimed were millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. Ohio’s chief elections officer wasn’t a fan of the Election Integrity Commission to begin with.

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
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Ohio’s top elections official is asking state leaders to include money in the upcoming capital budget to buy new voting machines.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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Hours after Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they were forming an Ohio political superteam of sorts and would run for governor on the same ticket, their opponents painted themselves as outsiders and vowed to stay in the race.

Two Republicans who were running against each other to become Ohio's next governor have decided to team up instead.

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More than a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters didn’t cast ballots last year, and for some of them, that could have been one inactive election too many. Ohio has been removing voters who haven’t cast ballots over a period of six years – unless they contact their Board of Elections during that time.

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The already-large field of candidates running for Ohio governor next year could soon grow even more. Former Ohio attorney general and Grove City native Richard Cordray said on Wednesday that he's leaving the top post at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Though there were two statewide issues, several big mayoral and local elections and more than 1,500 levies and other issues on ballots across Ohio, election day 2017 didn’t bring out voters in big numbers.

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The four candidates vying to be the Republican nominee in next year’s governor’s race sat down for separate 20-minute interview on Sunday night in a Columbus church before a crowd of more than 500 people. One theme in particular stood out, and it was about the man they all want to succeed.

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Opponents are lining up to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out Ohio's system for removing inactive voters from the rolls.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in Ohio and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election. Ohio’s chief elections official said he thinks the story isn't as shocking as it may seem.

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As of now, someone who wants to start their own business in Ohio can do it completely online. That process has gone from an average waiting period of four days to four hours.

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