The proposal, proposed by Republican Secretary of State Frank Loros, failed in a 2–4 vote, as Republicans on the Board of Control approved $ 3 million from a special fund to cover the mailing of mail-in ballots. LaRose argued that the cost was within the law, with earlier funds being used to cover the costs of voting machines, voting worker training and other election-related fees.
“A vote today is not a vote that is on the objection of our bipartisan election officials and my objection as the state’s chief election officer,” Laos said.
LaRose called his Postal Money proposal an “innovative solution” that would “make every mailbox a dropbox for millions of Ohioans.” It was a last-ditch effort to address the mail-in voting changes required during the coronovirus epidemic, as previous election changes stalled in the GOP-controlled state legislature earlier this year.
However, Republicans on the panel argued that it was to be decided among state lawmakers and the action was beyond their authority.
The decision means that Ohio voters must purchase their mail if they wish to vote by mail.
“Ohio has a sound election system,” Ohio said in a statement after the decision, but today there was another missed opportunity by the legislature to make a small change, without effect on our state budget. ”