Citing Security, GOP Lawmakers Zero In On Ballot Drop Boxes

COLUMBUS — State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, testified this week in support of House Bill 209, their legislation that would expand access to secure ballot drop boxes for Ohioans.

“Secure drop boxes will strengthen democracy in Ohio by making voting more accessible and safer. They will increase participation in our elections,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release.

Currently, drop boxes are limited by Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive to only one location per county, the local board of elections. 

“Nearly one million voters in Cuyahoga County have to rely on one drop box location. That’s not right, and fixing it shouldn’t be controversial,” Sweeney said. “HB 209 would expand access to secure ballot drop boxes for every Ohioan, no matter where they live. This is not a radical idea — it’s just common sense.”

HB 209 awaits further hearings before the House Government Oversight Committee.

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