Next Ohio election chief: Voter fraud, suppression are rare

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In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, signs are posted on entry doors to a ballot storage area at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio. The Supreme Court will soon hear a case about Ohio’s efforts to remove inactive voters from its rolls, which has become a flashpoint in a nationwide fight between […]

Ohio’s next elections chief says he believes heightened, inaccurate rhetoric by candidates, parties and journalists about flaws in the U.S. election system is undermining voter confidence, so he’s working to reduce such language.

Republican Frank LaRose takes office in January as secretary of state.

He urged participants at a conference Friday to help him ease voters’ minds. He says he’s delivered the same message to county election officials.

LaRose says the political right has stoked its base by overstating problems with voter fraud, and the political left did the same with claims of voter suppression, although neither is widespread.

The Friday conference, hosted by Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, explored the future of U.S. presidential elections, particularly whether future contests should be decided by the national popular vote.

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