Secretary of State

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET

Mike Pompeo is on track to become secretary of state after a key Republican senator gave a last-minute endorsement of the CIA director.

The secretary of state-designate's nomination was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday night on a party-line vote. The vote was 10 Republicans for Pompeo, nine Democrats against. One Democrat voted present.

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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Republican state lawmakers say they have a plan to give Ohio’s 88 counties millions of dollars to replace thousands of voting machines that were bought more than a decade ago. The new machines could be ready in time for the 2020 presidential election.

Ohio Senate

State Sen. Frank LaRose is following close on the heels of fellow lawmaker Kathleen Clyde and entering the race for Secretary of State.

Voting booth
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Ohio's elections chief has identified an additional 385 non-citizens who are registered to vote in the presidential battleground state, including 82 who cast ballots in at least one election.

Rex Tillerson is heading on his second foreign trip as secretary of state later this week. But as in his visit last week to Germany, Tillerson is expected to try to keep a low profile when he travels to Mexico on Wednesday.

Tillerson has said very little in public since taking office. There has been no State Department briefing since the Trump administration began a month ago.

Esther Honig

Every election year in Ohio, hundreds of thousands of people register to vote in their counties. Thousands more change addresses or other information about their registrations.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

Ohio's elections chief says he has reissued subpoenas in an investigation into the ballot petitions of group supporting a marijuana legalization effort.