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AP
Cost, hassle of stamps questioned as mail-in voting surges
 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren’t for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle.

Bryant, 63, doesn’t have $10 for a book of stamps, a printer to make them at home or a working car.


“My car needs its transmission fixed, but my utilities a
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New York Times
John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80
 
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Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80.

His death was confirmed in a statement by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the Hou
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Cleveland.com
Sen. Portman, help protect the integrity of our elections by acting quickly on COVID-19 relief package
 
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I hope Sen. Rob Portman will provide leadership to protect the integrity of our elections in the next COVID-19 relief package. The Senate must act now to approve a rapid infusion of $3.6 billion to states for election assistance. This critically needed legislation will secure as many safe-voting opportunities as possible for our citizens. It assure ...    click to story link   
 

Brookings
Voting by mail in a pandemic: A state-by-state scorecard
 
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many have wondered if the U.S. can conduct a safe election in November. What we know is this: The safest and most secure way to vote in a pandemic is vote-by-mail.

During the 2020 primaries, coronavirus severely disrupted elections. State voting systems were overwhelmed by long lines, an influx of absentee ballot r
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Summit County Public Health
Location of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Summit County by Zip Code
 
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This map is updated weekly on Wednesdays. Data Source: Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS).

Notes: Location of cases is based on laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 only, and does not include cases that are convalescing at home and asymptomatic infections.
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Cincinnati Public Radio
Ohio Toasts New Voter Registration Initiative With Craft Breweries
 
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Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state's top elections official, is working with craft breweries to help increase the number of registered voters in Ohio. He says this is just one way to reach eligible voters.

More than 30 craft breweries in Ohio are working with the initiative to ramp up voter registration. The beer companies will put labels on
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Common Cause
NEW: Postal Service changes could delay mail ballots
 
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The United States Postal Service offers crucial services for Americans nationwide -- including enabling millions to vote safely from home this year. But if Trump’s new postmaster general gets his way, the agency will become so overburdened that it can no longer reliably provide these services.

That means voters' ability to cast an absentee ballot
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AP
Mail delays likely as new postal boss pushes cost-cutting
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail deliveries could be delayed by a day or more under cost-cutting efforts being imposed by the new postmaster general. The plan eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and says employees must adopt a “different mindset” to ensure the Postal Service’s survival during the coronavirus pandemic.

Late
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ProPublica
“Outright Lies”: Voting Misinformation Flourishes on Facebook
 
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While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading.

On April 3, Terrence K. Williams, a politically conservative actor and comedian who’s been praised by President Donald Trump, assured his nearly 3 million fo
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Colmbus Dispatch
Ohio elections boards getting $23M from feds, but is it enough for pandemic-plagued vote?
 
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Ohio’s 88 local boards of elections are getting nearly $23 million in federal relief in 2020, but they say more is needed to help pull off the general election amid the pandemic.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is channeling another $11.7 million in federal funding to the county boards to manage security for the November general election.
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Bloomberg
Lawsuits Claim States Without Prepaid Ballots Impose ‘Poll Tax’
 
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Voting rights groups and Democrats are suing to try to force states to pay the postage for mail-in ballots, calling the mailing cost an unconstitutional “poll tax.”

A lawsuit recently helped push South Carolina to temporarily cover the postage for the Nov. 3 general election, adding to 18 states that already always pay the cost for all elections
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Common Cause
Write to Senator Portman: Stand up for Ohio voters by voting to pass the HEROES Act!
 
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Ohio can’t pull off a safe, fair November election in its current state -- our election officials need more funding to make sure that all Ohioans can vote safely and securely this fall.

Senator Portman has the power to stand up for Ohioans by voting to pass the HEROES Act -- which contains crucial funding for state and local elections, as well as
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Ohio Voters Coalition Instagram
Ohio Voters Coalition submits letter to Ohio Secretary of State
 
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Thank you for establishing the Ready for November Task Force. This letter is focused on urgent improvements needed to ensure that voters have the information and access they need to vote absentee.

With COVID-19 a serious threat to so many Ohioans, it is critically important to maximize the number of voters who opt to vote absentee.
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Columbus Dispatch
Column: State must take a stand against racism, voter suppression
 
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No matter our race, everyone’s well-being is connected. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only as safe as the person closest to us. After years of public policy decisions that have denied many Black Ohioans what they need to thrive, it should come as no surprise that the pandemic isn’t affecting everyone equally. Black Ohioans make up 14.3% ...    click to story link   
 

Audubon
Long-Awaited House Report Provides Blueprint for Congress on Climate Change
 
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WASHINGTON (June 30, 2020) – After months of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis issued a sweeping report today outlining how Congress can address threats caused by the climate crisis.

“While responding quickly to climate change has always been critical, the urgency caused by the pandemic has
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LWV
LWVUS Joins Case to Advance the Equal Rights Amendment
 
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WASHINGTON – Late Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of the United States filed a friend of the court brief in the federal lawsuit Commonwealth of VA, IL, and NV v. Ferriero, a case that supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as completed by the states of Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada.

“The Equal Rights Amendment is long overdue,
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FiveThirtyEight
There Is No Evidence That Voting By Mail Gives One Party An Advantage
 
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If the coronavirus pandemic rages on, most Americans will probably vote by mail in November. But like most political issues in the U.S., voting by mail is an increasingly partisan affair, with Democrats more likely to support it than Republicans.

The fight over voting by mail isn’t new. But if the political cues around voting by mail weren’t fir
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The Hill
Red states advancing bills to curb mail-in voting
 
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GOP legislators in states across the country are advancing bills that would prevent elections officials from sending out absentee ballot applications ahead of November's election, even in states where those top officials are fellow Republicans.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, secretaries of state in places like Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Sou
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Brennan Center for Justice
To Protect Democracy, Expand Vote by Mail
 
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This year's primary elections, to-date, have served as both a high-stakes test of voting during the coronavirus pandemic and a preview of challenges that Americans may face in November. The results were unsettling: resource-strapped election officials struggled to handle a surge in demand for absentee and mail ballots, and voters—disproportionate ...    click to story link   
 

Cleveland.com
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law, similar to Ohio’s, requiring doctors to have agreements with nearby hospitals
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the first abortion case it considered since confirmation of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Louisiana law Monday that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case complications arise.

In a 5-4 ruling -- with Chief Justice John Roberts joining th
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60 Minutes
How the coronavirus and politics could impact voting in the 2020 general election
 
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On Tuesday, voters will cast ballots in three state primary elections. So far this election year, voting during the pandemic has been an exercise in chaos, long lines and aggravation. With no end to the scourge and no vaccine in sight, a recent Pew Research survey found 70% of Americans want to stay safe and mail in their ballots for the November g ...    click to story link   
 

USA Today
No presidential winner on election night? Mail-in ballots could put outcome in doubt for weeks
 
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WASHINGTON – Kentucky won't have final results of last week's state primary until Tuesday. New York could take twice as long. In Pennsylvania, the state's largest city, Philadelphia, was still tallying mail-in ballots nearly two weeks after its June 2 primary.

The unprecedented volume of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic has produced
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New York Times
From 47 Primaries, 4 Warning Signs About the 2020 Vote
 
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WASHINGTON — Evelina Reese has been a poll worker for 40 years. And for the last six decades, she says, she has never missed a chance to vote.

“We’re all dedicated citizens as far as voting goes,” Ms. Reese, a retired social services worker from the Atlanta suburb of Riverdale, said this past week.


But this year, out of concern about the coro
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Columbus Dispatch
Reminder: Vote-by-mail is safe, says Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, countering Trump
 
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Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose continues to defend the integrity of voting by mail despite President Donald Trump’s attacks on the process.

On the eve of Ohio’s scheduled March 17 primary Election Day, Gov. Mike DeWine and state health officials ordered polls not to open as cases of the new coronavirus in the state were clim
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Smithsonian Magazine
Five Women Veterans Who Deserve to Have Army Bases Named After Them
 
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Should the U.S. military remove the names of Confederate generals from its Army bases in the South? The longstanding debate was recently revived by demonstrations against police brutality—and just as quickly quashed by President Donald Trump, who refused to consider the idea despite reports military officials were open to the move.

Among the promi
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AP
Advocates, experts warn against polling place reductions
 
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November?

Voting rights groups say no. They caution that just because Kentucky’
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LWV
LWV Incoming President
 
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Deborah Turner, MD, JD, serves as the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected board president at the 54th National Convention of the League of Women Voters in June of 2020 and will serve in this position until J ...    click to story link   
 

Brookings
How to combat online voter supression
 
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Amid a 2018 civil-rights audit of the company, Facebook came under pressure to consider a novel set of questions about its role in politics: What does voter suppression look like on social media? And, in the absence of U.S. legislation on the subject, should the company set the rules to ensure that voter suppression does not occur, in any form and ...    click to story link   
 

LWV
LWV Celebrates the Advancement for D.C. Statehood
 
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WASHINGTON – The League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement following the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act:

“Today the residents of the District of Columbia are one step closer to an equal voice in our government. The House passage of this bill is the first step to pro
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Brookings Institute
The politics and history of the D.C. statehood vote
 
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On Friday, the U.S. House will take the rare step of holding a vote on statehood for Washington, DC. The “Washington, D.C. Admission Act” (H.R. 51) would maintain an existing capital district that encompasses the spread of federal buildings in the city’s core. The remainder of the current district would gain admission as the nation’s 51st s ...    click to story link   
 

ABC News
Mothers of the Movement and Black female celebrities, including Beyoncé, urge Senate to act on voting rights
 
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Amid voting chaos in various primary elections around the country, the Mothers of the Movement, along with group of Black female celebrities, voiced their concerns about voting access in a letter to Congress.

The letter was sent on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the Shelby vs. Holder Supreme Court ruling, which gutted a major part of the 1965
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AP News
Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service’s famous motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers” — is being tested like never before, by challenges that go well beyond the weather.

The coronavirus has devastated its finances. The Trump administration may attach big strings to bailouts.


The agency’s res
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AP News
Election results are delayed again. Get used to it.
 
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Kentucky and New York had primaries Tuesday, but the winners of the closest races probably won’t be known until next week. What’s going on?

Get used to it. Slow vote counts and delayed results are a feature of elections during the pandemic and are likely to continue into the general election in November, when many election officials say that, ab
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WHIOTV7
Slavery permitted under one condition in Ohio, legislature could ask voters to change that
 
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COLUMBUS — A joint resolution introduced in May by Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) is asking the General Assembly to go to voters to remove the section of the Ohio Constitution that still permits slavery in the state.

Article I, Section 6 of the Ohio Constitution currently reads “there shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude,
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Patch
Census Undercount In Ohio Could Leave Billions On The Table
 
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CLEVELAND — As we pass the halfway point for taking this year's census, nearly two out of every five U.S. households have yet to respond to the survey, stoking fears that billions of federal dollars could be left on the table — dollars that fund crucial services including during the pandemic.

The new coronavirus erupted just as the 2020 census w
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Washington Post
Despite poll worker crunch, Kentucky voters poised to break turnout records as they embrace mail ballots
 
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Voters in Kentucky were on track to cast ballots in record numbers for Tuesday’s primary despite the risk of coronavirus infection and shortages of poll workers, thanks in part to the widespread embrace of voting by mail.

Michael G. Adams, Kentucky’s Republican secretary of state, projected that total turnout would exceed 1 million, including ro
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Hudson Hub
Hudson teens face charges in racist graffiti incident at middle school athletic field

HUDSON — Four juveniles who live in the city are facing misdemeanor charges in connection with obscene and racist graffiti that was spray painted at the middle school’s athletic field in late May.

A 17-year-old girl, two 15-year-old girls and a 14-year-old boy are each charged with criminal misch
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Cleveland.com
Ohio’s disturbing new trend of increasing coronavirus cases
 
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The trend of newly reported coronavirus cases has begun to increase. This graphic is based on per-day averages over seven-day periods to smooth out for situations in which test results or determinations lag, or arrive in clusters. The onset totals for most recent dates are not yet complete, as officials in the coming days likely will learn about ne ...    click to story link   
 

Detroit Free Press
Sources: U-M to withdraw from hosting October presidential debate
 
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The University of Michigan is withdrawing from hosting a presidential debate between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, sources told the Detroit Free Press. The official announcement is expected to come Tuesday.

U-M is making the move because of concerns of bringing the campaigns, media and supporters of both cand
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Brennan Center for Justice
This Supreme Court Case Could Have Major Consequences for Presidential Races
 
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The founders put the Electoral College system in place, in part, because many of them were opposed to the idea of electing presidents by direct popular vote. As a result, they entrusted a limited number of elite electors with the responsibility of electing presidents, a process that takes place in December during presidential election years.

As the
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Salon
Supreme Court set to decide on the future of the Electoral College
 
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Many Americans are surprised to learn that in U.S. presidential elections, the members of the Electoral College do not necessarily have to pick the candidate the voters in their state favored.

Or do they?


This month the Supreme Court will rule on the independent powers of electors, which will determine the meaning of the Electoral College in contempo
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MahoningMatters
Ohio Senate urged to act quickly on legislation for online ballot requests
 
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COLUMBUS — Voting-rights organizations are encouraging the Ohio Senate to act quickly on a bill that would simplify the voting process. Senate Bill 191 would create an online absentee-ballot request system.

The current process of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot through the mail can take a few weeks. State Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowl
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Ohio Capital Journal
Census responses are lower in poorer areas. Here’s what Ohio is doing about it.
 
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Will the rich get richer?

If census data collection ended today, they would. With few exceptions in Ohio, you can predict a county’s census response rate just by looking at how well-off its citizens are financially.


Poorer counties tend to have much lower response rates than richer ones. With so much on the line — congressional representation, fu
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Ms. Magazine
Black Women Mayors Healing and Leading Their Communities
 
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In the weeks following George Floyd’s murder, communities around the U.S. have collectively mourned the killing of another African American at the hands of police officers.

In the midst of widespread civil unrest, black women mayors have taken the lead in speaking out against the murder of George Floyd, standing in solidarity with protesters, and
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The Blade
Voting rights ballot issue suspended
 
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COLUMBUS — A group that wanted to send to voters a proposal that would end Ohio's 30-day preelection voter registration deadline and permanently lock in a month of early voting has given up on the idea of a vote this November.

Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections faced a July 1 deadline to submit nearly 443,000 valid signatures of registered vote
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WOSO Public Media
Ohio Election Officials Need Poll Workers Now For November Contest
 
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Voter turnout in Ohio has hovered around 70% in presidential election years, and the Secretary of State predicts turnout will be as high as ever this year. But with lingering concerns about the pandemic, election officials say it's important to get as many Ohioans as possible to vote early.

The state has approved spending $1.5 million in federal fun
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Cleveland.com
Ohio’s plans for protecting voters from coronavirus ‘fall short:’ Drs. Norman Robbins and Michael M. Lederman
 
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Infectious disease professionals agree that COVID-19 will not disappear by the time of the November election. Yet Ohio’s laws and planning for the November elections still fall short of what is needed to make voting safe. As medical professionals, we are deeply concerned that if we do not have a public health driven plan in place very soon, we ma ...    click to story link   
 

Market Watch
Election Day now a state holiday in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed legislation to make Election Day a state holiday, affecting government offices, except election authorities; K-12 schools; and postsecondary institutions governed by the State Universities Civil Service Act. Virginia took a similar action earlier this year, swapp ...    click to story link   


News 5 Cleveland
Ohio's Ready for November Task Force urges voters to request absentee ballots early this year
 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — On social media Monday night, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose tweeted out the "good news for Ohio voters,” that the state's controlling board agreed to mail absentee ballot applications to the state's 7.8 million registered voters. Something the state has actually done since 2012. One comment though caught his eye.

"Somebod
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Cleveland.com
Summit County declares racism a public health crisis
 
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AKRON, Ohio – Summit County Council has voted unanimously to declare racism a public health crisis and will dedicate a committee to examine ways to promote racial equity in the county.

Summit County joins Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Franklin County, among other places, in declaring racism as a public health crisis. The Ohio Legislative Black Ca
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