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Ohio voter registration hits near record, led by Dem surge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 8.1 million Ohioans are signed up to vote in the November election, a near record, the latest figures from the state elections chief show. The presidential battleground state has never seen more registered voters, other than in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama ...

Ohio inmates’ gun penalties under review after court ruling

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An undetermined number of Ohio inmates who are serving additional time because firearms were involved in their crimes could see their sentences reduced in light of a recent court ruling, a top lawyer for the state prison system told ...

Campaign for Holocaust education for students, public

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Two organizations in Ohio are providing public discussions, material for educators and a documentary series about the Holocaust to educate residents and students. The Maltz Museum in Cleveland and the Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati are calling the ...

Voters to receive replacements after wrong Ohio ballots sent

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in the county that is home to Ohio's capital who received the wrong absentee ballots will be mailed corrected replacement ballots, the county elections board said Wednesday. The Franklin County Elections Board in Columbus ...

Ruling on Ohio ballot boxes contradicts GOP elections chief

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland on Tuesday broadly interpreted a new Ohio directive allowing ballot drop boxes at locations "outside" boards of elections as permitting them at multiple locations within a county, a finding that runs ...

Prosecutor: Man who fired gun at Trump rally ‘undercharged’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who fired a handgun at a semitrailer during a Trump vehicle rally reacted out of fear for his life after the truck driver taunted participants and hit his vehicle, his lawyer said Tuesday as an assistant prosecutor declared the case "severely ...

Lines long as early voting begins amid pandemic precautions

By DAN SEWELL and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Long lines developed early and stayed that way at election boards as early voting began Tuesday in Ohio, which again was in play as a potential swing state, but this time in a pandemic-altered election. Hundreds waited ...

Judge: Energy company can continue donations to lawmakers

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An effort by Ohio's attorney general to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights, a judge ruled Friday. A Franklin County judge ...

Court: Ohio elections chief has leeway to expand drop boxes

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants to expand the number of ballot drop boxes beyond one per Ohio county, he can. But a state appellate court won't force him to do so. That was the essence of a ruling Friday that ...

Ohio voting begins Tuesday, with registration cutoff Monday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Monday is the deadline for Ohioans to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election, which includes a high-profile contest between Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee. Once registered, voters have the option to vote ...