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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
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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.

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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.

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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. 

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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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.


We’ve reached the midterms, and voters in every state in the country will be going to the polls on Tuesday. This election will have far-reaching consequences by determining who controls Congress, state governments, and more.

On Wednesday, federal judges in Ohio ordered the state to allow voters who had been purged from the state's voter rolls over the past six years to vote in this year's midterm elections.

Ohio Secretary of State Race

Oct 30, 2018
Republican Sen. Frank LaRose (left) and democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde (right) agree that more transparency is needed in campaign finance.

Democrat Kathleen Clyde and Republican Frank LaRose are the frontrunners in the race for the office of secretary of state.

Both are state lawmakers. Both are 39. Both are experienced in election issues. And both have crisscrossed the state in their bids to attract attention to a down ticket race that also helps determine control of the board that will redraw state legislative districts and could play a role in drawing new congressional maps.

Today on All Sides, the Ohio Secretary of State Race.

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Early voting in Ohio started two weeks ago, and the Secretary of State’s office says it’s picking up with two weeks to go until Election Day.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio’s secretary of state keeps track of business filings and campaign finance records. But that office is best known for its role as the state’s elections chief – and it’s one of the five statewide executive offices that will have a new occupant in January.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

A federal judge rejected a voting rights group's latest arguments Wednesday that voters were illegally purged from Ohio's voting rolls.

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John Minchillo / Associated Press

Early voting is now underway in Ohio as the registration deadline has passed. Voting starts Wednesday, while Ohio has seen an influx in registered voters.

Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) at the Marion Popcorn Festival with former Marion County GOP Chairman Gary Risch. LaRose is running for Secretary of State.
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On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”