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Controlling Board Rejects Proposal To Mail Pre-Stamped Ballots

Sep 14, 2020

A proposal by Ohio’s elections chief to attach postage to every mail-in ballot has failed to gain crucial approval. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s fellow Republicans on the powerful Controlling Board led the charge against him Monday by voting 4-2 along party lines to reject the request. That makes it all but impossible for ballots to be stamped in time for November's election.

The panel's GOP members argued LaRose first needed legislative authority to stamp the ballots.

The request represented a last-ditch effort by LaRose after a package of election changes he proposed in May stalled in the GOP-led Legislature.