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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected challenges against two congressional maps in Maryland and North Carolina on Thursday, deciding that questions of partisan gerrymandering are outside the scope of courts.

Their decision likely spells the end for a similar challenge out of Ohio, whose congressional maps were ruled an "unconstitutional partisan gerrymander" by a lower court.

The group that sued over Ohio’s Congressional district map says there’s still time to draw a new one for next year's election if lawmakers are ordered to do that, even though the US Supreme Court on Friday delayed a lower court’s order to do so by June 14.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Voters across the Dayton region cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections. In the competitive race for Dayton City Commission, five candidates were vying to compete for two open seats in the fall. Now, four candidates move on to a place on the November ballot.

Montgomery County Board of Election unofficial results show voters approved incumbent City Commissioners Matt Joseph, with more than 28 percent of the vote, and Chris Shaw, with more than 25 percent of the vote, to compete in November.

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Tuesday was the May 7 primary election. Voters in a number of Miami Valley counties decided school levies at the ballot box.

In Greene County, voters approved two school levies, including a new 6.15-mills emergency five-year levy for Beavercreek Schools operating expenses.

Before the election, Beavercreek officials had warned district layoffs would be needed if the levy failed. A similar ballot measure failed to pass last fall. The new levy is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home roughly $215 more a year.

The state will continue its fight to defend Ohio’s Congressional map in court, after last week’s federal court ruling that the map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. While the map came out of a deal between state lawmakers of both parties, Republicans and Democrats are at odds in the battle over it.

The US Census Bureau says more people under 24 voted in Ohio last year than in the last few midterm elections.  But younger Ohioans still aren’t voting in numbers as big as their counterparts in nearby states.

Ohio’s top elections official says it’s already easy to vote in Ohio but he says wants to make it even easier. Here's what he wants to do.

Independent ethics investigators say former Congressman Jim Renacci misused official resources for his campaigns for governor in 2017 and US Senator last year.

Today is the first day of early voting for the May primary – which means yesterday was the last day to register to vote. And though turnout in off-year primaries is especially low, there may be those who will try to vote but find they’ve been removed from the rolls. 

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Human error was to blame for thousands of Miami County votes going uncounted during last fall’s midterm elections, an investigation by the Ohio Secretary of State's office has revealed. State officials say they'll closely monitor the county's Board of Elections this election season.

The state's investigation found more than 6,000 early votes went uncounted last fall because board staff members shut down voting machines improperly.

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