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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - OH: Civic Engagement

A leaked document shows concerns from within the Census Bureau that a shortened timeline for counting could result in serious errors. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A coalition of advocacy groups wants Ohio's senators to get behind efforts to extend the 2020 census deadline by four months. October 31 was set as the counting deadline, but the Census Bureau recently announced the date was moved ahead to September 30. The Trump Administration s

The Ohio Secretary of State wants to use revenue from the office's Business Services Division to cover the cost of prepaid postage on absentee ballots. (AdobeStock)<br /><br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio voters might have one less step to take in order to cast an absentee ballot for the November election. The Ohio Controlling Board is expected to vote today on Secretary of State Frank LaRose's request to use $3 million in funding from his office to pay for return ballot post

Most Ohio voters polled said they support a repeal of controversial energy-bailout legislation that passed last year. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- During these highly polarized times, one thing Ohioans on both sides of the aisle seem to agree on is the repeal of House Bill 6. Just over a month ago, former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were arrested in a $60 million bribery and racketeering scheme rela

In the two weeks following the death of George Floyd, an estimated 10,000 people were arrested during protests in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

CINCINNATI -- There are new demands that the City of Cincinnati drop the charges against hundreds of people arrested during racial-injustice protests. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Mass Defense Coalition served the city with motions to dismiss the cases against more than 500 people who were arrested,

The Ohio Poor People's Campaign is challenging poverty and systemic racism. (Becker1999/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Faith leaders in Ohio and other states are hopeful a massive action this weekend will be seen as a light in times of darkness. The Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering tomorrow will unite participants against racism, war, poverty and

More than 1.2 million Ohioans voted by absentee ballot in the 2016 presidential election. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Voting-rights organizations are encouraging the Ohio Senate to act quickly on a bill that would simplify the voting process. Senate Bill 191 would create an online absentee-ballot request system. The current process of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot through the mail

An online activist training will cover protesters' rights and the principles of nonviolent direct action. (Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr)

CINCINNATI -- The right to protest is powerful, and Ohioans fighting for social justice can learn how to ensure their voices are heard at an online event this evening. According to Robin A. Wright at Cincinnati's Beloved Community Church, protests throughout history have been used as legitimate and

Groups need to collect more than 452,000 valid Ohio voter signatures to get a constitutional amendment added to the Nov. 3 ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio groups trying to put ballot measures before voters in November won't have to go door-to-door looking for support. A federal judge ruled this week that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state must allow petition signatures to be gathered electronically, and pushed the col

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