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Legislation would require multiple, secure ballot drop boxes

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued an order limiting the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county for the May 4 primary.
Michele Lepore-Hagan - Bride Rose Sweeney
State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown, left, and Bride Rose Sweeney of Cleveland.

COLUMBUS — State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, have introduced legislation requiring multiple, secure ballot dropboxes, based on geography and population.

The legislation comes on the heels of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s order that limits the number of ballot drop boxes to one per county for the May 4 primary.

“Secure drop boxes will strengthen democracy in Ohio by making voting easier and increasing participation in our elections,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release.

Under the proposal, a bipartisan team of election officials would close each dropbox and promptly collect the contents together.