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Judge Rules Additional Ballot Drop Boxes Are OK

Sep 15, 2020

Ballot drop box at Franklin County Board of Elections
Credit Alison Holm / WCBE-FM

A Franklin County judge has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority  to order additional ballot drop box locations in each county prior to the November election.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the ruling is a win for voters who don’t want to mail their ballots and live far from drop boxes at their county boards of elections. And Pepper says this paves the way for LaRose to allow more drop boxes immediately. 

 

“This is a box. This isn’t sending a rocket to the moon. This isn’t complicated. In the primary, they set up drop boxes all over this state in a very short time-frame.” 

 

But LaRose’s office notes there’s no injunction, so his order against more drop boxes is still in effect. He could appeal the ruling like he did a few days ago, when the same court ruled he could accept online and electronic requests for mail in ballot applications.