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A direct mail company 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.

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says early voting last week set a record

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

The Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard says a nearly 10-year old scanner is to blame for ballots mailed out Monday to the wrong addresses.  The Board and the contractor who supplied the scanner are still working to determine the scope of the problem, but voter rights groups have a message to people who are new to filling out mail-in absentee ballots: Read The Instructions. Advocates say there are several ways a voter can get tripped up which is why it's important to send the ballot in early. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.    

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Voters in the county that is home to Ohio’s capital who received the wrong absentee ballots will be mailed corrected replacement ballots.

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive for the Franklin County Board of Elections in order to fix the mistake of sending wrong ballots to voters. The scope of the problem is yet to be determined. But election officials say this creates an important lesson for voters around the state. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Ohio Public Radio

A state appeals court has ruled Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow people to request absentee ballots online. 

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More than 1.8 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots.

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Ohio Democrats continue to outpace Republicans in absentee ballot applications. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler has the latest figures.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution committing to a peaceful transition of power if President Trump loses the November election, after Trump suggested he might claim voter fraud based on absentee ballots and refuse to leave office. 

President Trump has falsely claimed for months that mail-in ballots are unreliable and easily to rig, but Ohio Republicans say that's not the case.

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1.8 millon Ohio voters have requested absentee ballots, more than twice the number at this point four years ago. Democratics are seizing the opportunity to vote early by mail, while Republicans are pulling back from that option. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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Absentee ballot applications in Ohio are approaching all-time records. And in most counties, applications from Democrats are leading those from Republicans. 

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President Trump on Wednesday suggested that he might not accept the election results if he is not declared the winner in November, in response to a reporter's question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power — regardless of the outcome of the election.

In a call that included a number of "tense moments," Postmaster General Louis DeJoy sought to reassure a group of the nation's top election officials Thursday that election mail will be his agency's highest priority this fall, according to one state election official on the call.

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The Franklin County judge who ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority to order more ballot drop box locations granted a preliminary injunction to allow county boards of election to install them 

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The Ohio Democratic Party is asking the Franklin County judge who issued a ruling allowing for additonal ballot drop boxes to take action against the Ohio Republican Party.

Ohio Public Radio

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request by the Republican Secretary of State to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.

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An appeals court has halted a judge’s order directing Ohio’s elections chief to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots for the November presidential election by electronic means, including by fax or email, something sought by state Democrats. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials have a simple message for the central Ohio electorate - vote early.

For more than a decade, Ohio voters have had several options for casting ballots.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio voters who want to mail in their ballots might be concerned when they hear about recent changes made by the U.S. Postal Service or when they read President Trump’s Twitter feed.

Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET

House Democrats say they are investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over allegations reported by The Washington Post that he asked employees to donate to certain political candidates and then reimbursed them through bonuses.

In the face of contradictory messages coming from members of his own party, members of the U.S. intelligence community and even a member of his own family, President Trump continues his months-long campaign against efforts to expand voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The fraud and abuse will be an embarrassment to our Country," Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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A coalition of voting rights groups is joining Ohio Democrats in suing Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, seeking to force an expansion of ballot drop boxes ahead of the November election. 

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy promised some of the nation's top election officials on Thursday that mailed ballots would be the U.S. Postal Service's top priority this autumn.

DeJoy and the Postal Service have been engulfed in a political firestorm following operational changes he ordered — and now has paused — which slowed the throughput of mail and raised some fears that they might constrain voting by mail.

The FBI says it has no evidence of any coordinated fraud schemes related to voting by mail this year, undercutting repeated claims by President Trump and his camp about what they've called security problems.

That disclosure was made in an election security briefing for reporters on Wednesday by high-ranking officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Ohio Public Radio

After weeks of pressuring the state to add more ballot drop boxes, the Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow county boards of election to install more.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against Ohio’s Secretary of State over the way county elections boards handle signatures on ballots and ballot applications.

President Trump cast a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida this week after months of questioning the security of the method of voting, and in doing so he returned it to election officials using a technique many Republicans say should be illegal.

The way Trump voted shows how he's had to walk a fine line, and often tweak his language around voting, to adjust for political realities and his own behavior.

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Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has asked the state Controlling Board to approve 3 million dollars to prepay postage on mail-in ballots.  

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