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Flyers for Issue 1, the successful 2018 ballot issue that created a new redistricting process.
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Attorneys for Ohio Republican officials will call witnesses this week to defend the state's congressional map.

The House on Friday approved a sweeping measure that would, among many others things, expand voters' access to the polls. But Senate Republican leaders say that chamber will not take up the bill, calling it a power grab.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose is warning voters to be vigilant when they come across information regarding politics and government on social media, he says misinformation remains a top priority in the fight against elections meddling.

Flyers for Issue 1, the successful 2018 ballot issue that created a new redistricting process.
Nick Castele / ideastream

The state of Ohio and voting rights groups face off Monday in a Cincinnati courtroom to determine the fate of the 2020 political map.

Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Election Cybersecurity Bill

Feb 26, 2019
Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio's new elections chief is ready to voice his support for a bill he says aims to better protect the battleground state's election systems from cyberattacks.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
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Some environmental advocates have sued Ohio's secretary of state and several county boards of elections over what the lawsuit calls unconstitutional tactics preventing certain ballot initiatives from going before voters.

Frank LaRose was sworn-in as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State over the weekend before a crowd of friends, colleagues and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
Ohio Senate

Frank LaRose will be sworn in Saturday as Ohio's next Secretary of State. The job has a number of responsibilities, but the one getting the most attention in recent years has been the secretary’s role in Ohio elections. 

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
Ohio Senate

Ohio's next elections chief says he believes heightened, inaccurate rhetoric by candidates, parties and journalists about flaws in the U.S. election system is undermining voter confidence, so he's working to reduce such language.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohioans are closer to getting new voting machines. Secretary of State Jon Husted has notified county boards of elections they can start the process of selecting new equipment. 

When Ohio State elections law professor Daniel Tokaji tells colleagues from other parts of the world about how the United States picks election officials, he says they're stunned.

"And not in the good way," says Tokaji.

That's because in a large portion of the U.S., elections are supervised by an official who is openly aligned with a political party. It's a system of election administration that's routinely come under scrutiny over the past two decades, and did again in this year's midterms especially in Georgia, Florida and Kansas.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Ohio’s Secretary of State gave the green light for counties to start clearing their voter rolls again. The so-called “voter purges” were put on hold until after November’s election, following a lengthy court battle in which the U.S. Supreme Court approved of Ohio’s process. 

John Minchillo / Associated Press

This month’s election results are still unofficial, and the process to close out the 2018 midterms started this weekend.

In the months leading up to the midterms, Ohio election officials tried to make their computer systems harder to hack.

They role-played how to handle cyberattacks and received help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They say last week’s vote went off without major cybersecurity problems. Now they have to prepare for an even bigger election—the 2020 presidential race.

Ohio’s incoming Secretary of State is taking some heat over one of the people he picked to co-chair his transition team – Ken Blackwell, who’s been blasting Democrats in the ongoing vote count in Florida. But Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) is standing by his choice.

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