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GOP political consultant Karl Rove speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library and the Texas Book Festival on December 1, 2015.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why influential political consultant Karl Rove is working to help conservative justices retain their seats on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Answering Your Questions About Voting In Ohio

Oct 21, 2020
Voters cast their ballots using social distancing at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
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The pandemic has upset the usual protocol for voting and created political fights out of logistical issues.

Voters have requested a record 2.7 million absentee ballots, many for the first time. The onslaught that has brought questions, confusion and errors.

A direct mail company that’s been hired to print and distribute absentee ballots to Ohioans who requested them has not been able to get them to voters as fast as was promised.

Voters line up outside the Franklin County Board of Elections for early voting on Oct. 6, 2020.
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A record-breaking number of Ohioans, nearly 200,000, voted in person during the first week of early voting, tripling the number from 2016.

Absentee voting has been the choice for 2.5 million more as the pandemic and politics collide for an election season full of confusion and questions.

In the lead up to next month’s election, ideastream is answering your questions about voting. Lacey from Columbus asked what happens if your ballot seems to have been lost in the mail.

According to Portage County Board of Elections Deputy Director Terry Nielsen, if a voter calls into the board to report a missing ballot, the board can mark an already mailed absentee ballot as void and send a new one.

Voters drive up to the Franklin County Board of Elections for curbside voting on Oct. 6, 2020
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what voter enthusiasm and recent polling may mean for the 2020 election. 

An absentee ballot sent out by the Franklin County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020.
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The Franklin County Board of Elections said it will send out corrected absentee ballots within 72 hours of identifying voters who recieved ballots with the wrong information.

Early voting has started in Ohio. The line Tuesday morning at the Hamilton County Board of Elections stretched around the block. Eleanor Morgan says she came so she wouldn't have to worry about big crowds on Election Day.

Stark Country resident Don Woodward mails in his new absentee ballot application ahead of the election in November.
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Stark County resident Don Woodward guessed he was mistakenly signed up for poll worker training when he got an envelope from the county’s board of elections the other week. Instead, he found out he had made a mistake on his absentee ballot application.

Michigan's attorney general filed felony charges Thursday against two far-right activists who allegedly coordinated a series of racist robocalls that discouraged voters in Detroit and other cities from participating in the November election.

Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl are each being charged with four felony counts, including intimidating voters and conspiracy to commit an election law violation.

Applications for voter ballots are seen at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Cleveland.
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More than two million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots to be sent to them, but some of those voters are having second thoughts. 

COVID-19 is still spreading across the United States, but you would barely know it by how people are planning to vote this year.

As the pandemic took hold in the spring, voting experts predicted a national shift toward mail or absentee voting. Some experts predicted as many as 70% of all votes cast could be by mail, as was the case in Wisconsin's April primary.

Concern is growing over potential confrontations at polling places due to deep partisan divides and baseless claims by President Trump that Democrats will "steal" the election.

In Tuesday night's debate with Democrat Joe Biden, Trump repeated his attacks on widespread mail-in voting, calling it a "disaster" and saying "this is not going to end well."

The president also urged his supporters, as he has done before, "to go into the polls and watch very carefully."

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is offering some clarity to voters who requested mail-in ballots but now want to vote in person instead.

LaRose’s office issued a directive to local election officials this week with guidance for handling in-person votes from Ohioans who already requested absentee ballots.

The full directive is available on the secretary of state’s website, but here are the basics of what you need to know:

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center, in Columbus, Ohio, calls for the closing of the polls in the Ohio primary election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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An appeals court has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow online absentee ballot requests for Ohioans who want to vote by mail.