Jody O’Brien, Republican Director of the Hancock County Board of Elections, says absentee ballots will start to be mailed out to voters on October 6th, which is the same day early voting begins.
She’s asking people to not procrastinate in filling out their ballot and sending it back.
She says the last day an absentee ballot can be postmarked is November 2nd, the day before the election, or just drop it in the drop box outside the board of elections at 201 East Lincoln Street in Findlay.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Tuesday that more than 2 million Ohioans had requested an absentee ballot.
At the same time during the 2016 election, 957,260 absentee ballots had been requested.
There was discussion about the Eagle Creek Dry Storage Basin project just south of Findlay which is still in the preliminary engineering phase.
Project Manager Steve Wilson says the project is mostly in a holding pattern for now but they could do some additional engineering with the grant money previously allocated.
He says the project is estimated to cost around $60 million but the state has awarded only $15 million in grant money so far.
Wilson believes if it wasn’t for the pandemic, the rest of the grant money would’ve already been allocated and the project would be further along.
He believes the storage basin will have a great impact on flood reduction in Findlay once it’s completed.
“It will reduce the 100-year flood elevation at Main Street by around a foot and a half, and that would be on top of the reductions we’re seeing with the work that’s currently being done along the Blanchard River.”
The 600 to 800-acre floodwater storage basin would be constructed west of U.S. 68 and just north of Township Road 49.
(ONN) – After failing to impeach Governor Mike DeWine over his COVID-19 response, Clermont County Republican Rep. John Becker is trying to charge him with a slew of criminal offenses, including terrorism, bribery and interfering with civil rights.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Becker, in a private citizen affidavit filed in Clermont County Municipal Court on Monday, accuses DeWine of disenfranchising voters, threatening the health of Ohioans by limiting hospitals to non-emergency procedures and shuttering businesses.
When asked for comment, DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney replied: “If this were serious, I would have a comment. Because it is patently absurd, I do not.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Clermont County prosecutor reviewed the affidavit and did not find any basis for the filing of a criminal complaint.
A federal judge has ruled that a signature-matching requirement for ballots and ballot applications in Ohio are burdensome to voters but that changing the process so close to the election could be “damaging.”
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson sided with Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose when he ruled that LaRose’s July directive ensures integrity in the state’s election procedures.
The ruling is the latest back-and-forth between LaRose and voting rights advocates in Ohio as procedures for election safety and mail-in voting continue to be a point of contention as the nation prepares to vote amid the pandemic.
The voter registration deadline is October 5th and early voting begins the following day.
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