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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

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The Delaware County Board of Elections says nearly one thousand voters were sent two ballots in the mail by mistake.  

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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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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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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 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.

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

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

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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.

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In North Carolina this week, President Trump told people to vote twice - once by mail and once in-person. 

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.

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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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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend the controversial changes he instituted to the U.S. Postal Service until after the November election.

"To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded," DeJoy said in a statement.

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Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost has joined the chorus of people calling on President Trump to end his attempts to starve the U.S. Postal Service of money ahead of the November election. 

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Last week, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that Ohio counties will have only one ballot drop box for the November election, and that it was too late in the election cycle to introduce any changes. 

Spurred by concerns about delayed delivery of mail-in ballots, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back early from their August recess. She's calling for a vote on legislation that would block the U.S. Postal Service from making operational changes.

The speaker is planning a vote for later this week on the Delivering for America Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, which "prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020."

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The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country, including Ohio, warning that delays in delivery could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

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President Trump on Thursday attempted to soften remarks he had made hours earlier in which he appeared to confirm that he opposes Democrats' proposed boost in funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail, claiming his only goal in denying the agency funds is to ensure the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.

Discussions for the next round of coronavirus relief funding remain ensnared in a political back and forth over election money, with the topic of mail-in voting a lingering point of contention between Democrats and the Trump administration.

President Trump on Wednesday spent much of his daily briefing to reporters railing against additional funding to support the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting, making the baseless accusation that voting by mail is ripe for fraud.

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