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Ohio lawmakers urge secretary of state to comply with drop box ruling

“It is your responsibility to exercise your authority to make it easier for Ohioans to vote safely,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
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In this April 28 file photo, Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland. (AP Photo | Tony Dejak, File)

WASHINGTON — A group of Ohio lawmakers is sending a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, urging him to comply with a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas’ ruling directing him to allow multiple secure ballot drop boxes in each county.

The letter was sent by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, D-13th, Marcy Kaptur, D-9th, Joyce Beatty, D-3rd, and Marcia Fudge, D-11th.

“Time and again, failures to use your authority to make it easier for people to vote have put Ohioans at risk, including your refusal to prepay postage on ballots or allow multiple drop boxes in each county,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “It is your responsibility to exercise your authority to make it easier for Ohioans to vote safely. That is why we urge you to follow the Franklin County Common Pleas Court ruling and not waste taxpayer resources in mounting an appeal.”

During a virtual town hall in August, LaRose announced his decision to allow only one absentee ballot drop box for each Ohio county in the Nov. 3 general election. Ryan, Brown, Kaptur, Beatty and Fudge sent a letter to LaRose urging him to reconsider his decision.  

The lawmakers also sent a letter to LaRose last week asking him to use his existing authority to prepay postage for absentee ballots and ballot applications for the upcoming general election in Ohio. They also urged LaRose to communicate with the Postal Service to ensure ballots that originate in Ohio are delivered on time, with visible postmarks, and do not succumb to delays and cost-cutting measures.
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