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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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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. 

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.

In a key ballot initiative, Florida will restore voting rights to citizens convicted of certain felonies after they have served their sentences, including prison terms, parole and probationary periods, AP has projected.

Voting rights will not be restored to those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

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.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Voters across Ohio head to the polls Tuesday, and there's a lot of decisions to make. For one Franklin County resident, though, Election Day raises another question: How exactly do we pick polling locations, anyways?

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Nearly a quarter of all Ohio adults have some type of disability, and voting can be a difficult process for some of them. But there are things that are being done to make it easier for Ohioans with disabilities to cast ballots.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Federal judges on Wednesday ordered Ohio to allow voters who had been purged for not voting over a six-year period to participate in this year's election.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

When you hear about hackers, you might picture someone sitting at a computer remotely breaking in. But Ohio’s voting machines are not connected to the internet, and neither are the tabulation devices. 

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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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.

Yes, there are a whole lot of candidates – and both major political parties – who really want you to take advantage of early voting in Ohio.

Tens of thousands of Georgians who haven't voted in recent elections may show up at the polls on Nov. 6, only to learn they are no longer registered to vote and cannot cast a ballot.

In July 2017, more than half a million people were removed from Georgia's voter rolls. Of those, 107,000 were purged because they had decided not to vote in previous elections and they failed to respond to mailed notices from the state.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The city of Columbus is jumping into the fray after the Franklin County Board of Elections decided not to advertise for early voting.

Poll workers at the Franklin County Elections Board handing voters their ballots.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Franklin County Commission plans to spend $245,000 on ads for early voting. The board of elections has done that in the past, but Republican board members argue it’s no longer necessary.

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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