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State lawmakers want return postage on absentee ballot application forms

The state Controlling Board on Monday approved the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election.
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COLUMBUS — State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, Paula Hicks-Hudson, D-Toledo, Catherine D. Ingram, D-Cincinnati, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose this week, urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms that will be mailed to all voters and on absentee ballots that are ultimately mailed to voters who request them.

State law prohibits board of elections from making such an expenditure, but the secretary of state is not similarly barred. 

The federal CARES Act included funding to the states for unanticipated increased expenses due to COVID-19. The state Controlling Board on Monday approved the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election.




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