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Sat Dec 12, 2020, 04:15 AM

Ohio law on ballot box limit quietly clarified as suit ends

Source: Associated Press

Ohio law on ballot box limit quietly clarified as suit ends

December 10, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit challenging an Ohio order that had restricted counties to one ballot drop box location during November’s election quietly ended Thursday without further appeal, leaving in place court rulings that said Ohio law does not require such a limit.

The Ohio Democratic Party, which brought the suit against Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, seized on the litigation’s ending as clearing the way for multiple drop boxes in future elections.

“The law on this is clear,” David Pepper, the party chairman, said in a statement. “At the trial court and appellate levels, judges have ruled that expanded drop box locations are allowed under Ohio law.”

LaRose had said his directive was based on the most recent guidance from state lawmakers.

Curbside dropoff of ballots has been a growing trend across the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic and cutbacks at the U.S. Postal Service.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/columbus-lawsuits-coronavirus-pandemic-elections-courts-4abc9ac8da6c6c4918d126904a1b543e

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