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The ACLU of Ohio says it’s going to continue to push for additional drop boxes in each county despite a decision late last week by Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose.

LaRose reissued an order limiting counties to one drop box for the upcoming May primary, saying any change had to be made by the state legislature.

Ohio secretary of state Frank LaRose speaks during a media tour of the Delaware County Board of Elections in Delaware, Ohio, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has reissued a contentious order limiting the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county for the May 4 primary.

A view of an Ohio voting sticker at the Hamilton County Board of Elections to participate in early voting, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.
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A near record number of Ohioans were registered to vote in 2020. Now 97,795 voter registrations have been removed from the rolls during what Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose calls a planned cleanup effort.

Post-election audits found vanishingly few errors in November’s vote counts across Ohio, according to data released by Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Tuesday.

Since November, county election staff have recounted ballots by hand in a selection of precincts, focusing on three races: the presidential race, one Ohio Supreme Court race and a countywide race.

In the presidential contest, the audits matched official results by 99.98 percent on average.

Signs and flags at the pro-Trump rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
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Ohio's 18 electors were pledged to Donald Trump on Monday in a process prescribed by law and with lots of formality, but little suspense. At the same time, a majority of Electoral College voters across the country cemented the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

At North High School in Akron, poll worker Mary Olesky and voting location manager Josh Schaffer provide curbside voting to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
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Since the general election, election officials are predicting absentee voting will become even more popular in the future. But voting advocates say voters need to be educated about another option: curbside voting.

While votes are still being counted, Tuesday’s election process was mostly a smooth one, according to Ohio voting rights groups.

A few problems were reported to the groups’ voter assistance hotlines – things like delays at polling places, the sometimes poorly executed expansion of curbside voting and scattered incidents of voter intimidation.

But mostly the huge statewide turnout and early voting numbers that dwarfed any previous years were seen as a success.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A group supporting President Trump called on its followers to go to be part of so-called "Trump trains" in the state’s major cities after 5 p.m. But the Ohio Secretary of State says they can't block people from voting.

People stand in line at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as they wait to vote, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.
Aaron Doster / Associated Press

Many voters lined up at their local polling location around the state to kick-off the last day of voting in the 2020 election. Even with an emphasis on early voting, there were still long lines spotted in Ohio.

Voters lineup to cast a vote at the  Dublin Community Recreation Center on November 3, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Electronic voter logs are down in Franklin County on Election Day, according to a poll worker. Voters will have to check-in using back-up paper poll books.

Ohio secretary of state Frank LaRose speaks during a media tour of the Delaware County Board of Elections in Delaware, Ohio, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Early vote centers throughout the state have been busy all weekend. Many have seen lines out the door ever since October 6, when Ohioans could begin voting.

Election Day is here. Polls open in Ohio at 6:30 a.m. on November 3, and close at 7:30 p.m. The U.S. presidential race, all 16 Ohio congressional seats and many other state races will be on the ballot.

Here's some free advice for anyone who plans to watch the election results Tuesday night (and likely into Wednesday morning). Take a tip from that noted sage of the baseball diamond, Yogi Berra – it ain't over until it's over.

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 Secretary of State Frank LaRose says a record 56,789 people are trained and ready to be poll workers this year.

Months ago, as the primary season was unfolding, election experts began to sound the alarm on what they saw as a glaring threat to a smooth voting process come fall: a shortage of poll workers.

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