Lucas Co. adds second early voting drop-box at Early Vote Center

The box will be near the street, under 24/7 surveillance.
Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 11:56 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Lucas County Board of Elections voted Wednesday to add a second ballot drop-off location.

It will be placed on the 13th street side of the Early Vote Center, in downtown Toledo.

The box will be installed as soon as the county can establish an all day, every day surveillance system.

Lucas County currently has one election dropbox, sitting in front of One Government Center near Jackson Street, less than a mile away from the added location.

Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose now says more boxes like it are allowed, but LaRose said Monday they’re only allowed at the Boards of Election.

“Ohio has more options for returning absentee ballots than there has ever been before,” LaRose told 13abc.

That’s not the news Lucas County Democrats were hoping for. They and Democrats statewide have asked for drop boxes across different locations countywide to help collect applications and the roughly 2 million absentee ballots already requested.

“We need a safe place to vote. We’re ready to go. We’ll work with the board of elections. Let’s keep more people voting not less,” said Lucas County commissioner Pete Gerken.

13abc asked the LaRose if there was any way to do additional boxes in additional locations throughout the counties before election day.

“It wouldn’t be prudent to make that change before election day because with early voting beginning in just several hours at this point it’s not the time to be making those changes,” said LaRose.

LaRose said that instead of filing a lawsuit, which Democratic leaders have, they should have worked with the legislature to come up a dropbox plan.

“I’m not going to get distracted by the noise being created by partisans that want to sort of create this distraction. We know it’s easy to vote in Ohio,” said LaRose.

“Secretary, the law allows you. Deploy the ballot boxes,” said Gerken.

The Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter has offered up the four auto title offices across the county to serve as Lucas County dropbox locations. They are secured and have security cameras. But the Secretary of State says the time has passed and that he won’t be putting extra boxes in different parts of any counties.

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