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2020 is looking to be a pivotal year in politics. But this year's elections are about much more than the race for the White House. And the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a complicating factor. WKSU, our colleagues at public radio stations across Ohio and the region and at NPR will bring you coverage of all the races from the national to the local level.

Voting Twice In One Election Is Illegal, But There's A Way To Track Your Ballot

In North Carolina Wednesday, President Trump told voters to cast a ballot by mail then go to vote in person later. He says if they are declined the right to vote, they’ll know their mail-in ballot counted. But it is illegal for voters in Ohio to do that.

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters of Ohio says doing what Trump suggested, even if it’s just to test the mail in ballot system, is illegal. 

“It is absolutely illegal to attempt to vote twice. We do not want to see Ohio citizens doing that," Miller says.

Miller and Secretary of State Frank LaRose suggest voters use the online feature that allows them to track their mail in ballots instead. All 88 county board of elections have the feature:   VoteOhio.gov/Track.

LaRose says a voter who is marked in the pollbook as requesting an absentee ballot will be given a provisional one if they show up in person to vote. And only one vote will count.

But knowingly casting two votes in one election is against Ohio law and voters who do that have been prosecuted in the past.

President Trump, who himself votes by mail-in ballots, has questioned the validity of them recently. Trump has made baseless claims about  mail-in ballots being used as a vehicle to commit voter fraud.

LaRose has repeatedly said Ohio has a system with a lot of checks and balances. Voters who are concerned about putting their ballots in the mail system can deposit them in a drop box at their county board of elections. Or voters can vote, in person, beginning on October 6th and up until Election Day. 

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