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

With just two weeks before voters start casting ballots in Ohio, there are four different lawsuits pending over the state's voting process. They range from the way absentee ballot requests can be made to how mail-in ballots can be returned to boards of elections.

The NAACP has become the latest organization to sue the Education Department over the distribution of more than $13 billion in federal aid intended for K-12 schools.

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Senate Democrats, emboldened by a national outcry for reform of the country's law enforcement departments, blocked debate Wednesday on a Republican police reform bill that they said did not go far enough to address racial inequality.

Terrance Curtain has attended a few different demonstrations around Cleveland since the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Sometimes, the pastor and assistant school principal speaks about racial inequality. Sometimes, he leads the crowd in chants.

But when he started thinking about how he wanted to mark Juneteenth this year, he imagined something different.

The Cleveland branch of the NAACP is demanding reforms to local law enforcement agencies, amid renewed attention on police use of force, especially with black people.

The proposed reforms stop short of calling for the total defunding or abolishment of police departments, as some groups have demanded.

NAACP Endorses Ballot Campaign To Streamline Ohio Voting

Jan 30, 2020
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Ohio branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization has endorsed an ballot initiative aimed at streamlining the state's voting process.

Retired federal judge and local civil rights icon Nathaniel Jones has passed away. 

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

More than 235,000 Ohio voters are on a list to be removed from the voter rolls in a little over two weeks.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Nearly two dozen groups and individuals are asking Ohio’s top elections official for a list of voters who could be dropped from the rolls this fall, so they can try to get them re-registered.

A national civil rights organization says Cleveland’s water department applies tax liens for unpaid bills disproportionately in majority-black neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund said its full report, which is expected to be released in June, will examine what it calls a crisis in water affordability in black communities.

The organization released a summary report Wednesday showing 11,000 liens were attached to properties between 2014 and 2018. In most years, around two thirds of the liens were in majority African-American census tracts.

landline telephone
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Groups representing low-income people are calling on state regulators to reject AT&T’s plan to drop out of a federal program that helps over 10,000 of its Ohio customers afford telephone service.

The NAACP is suing the Department of Homeland Security over the Trump administration's decision to terminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, of tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S.

At least 46,000 Haitians are living in the U.S. with protection from deportation and the ability to work under the TPS program, which is meant to help immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters or wars.

Columbus City Council

Columbus government elections are facing fresh criticism, with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or LDF, arguing that City Council elections have had a "racially discriminatory effect."

Several civil rights activists were arrested Tuesday night for staging a sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions' office in Mobile, Ala., to protest his nomination as U.S. attorney general.

The sit-in was staged by the NAACP and portions were broadcast live online. The NAACP has sharply criticized Sessions' record on civil rights, voting rights and criminal justice reform.

Nana Watson
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After what some called a contentious election, a new president of the Columbus NAACP chapter says she's ready to move forward.  

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