Ohio now has an Online Portal to Report Erroneous COVID-19 Test Results

If you’ve received an erroneous  COVID-19 test result, the Ohio Auditor’s office would like to hear from you through an online portal set up specifically for that purpose.

The Auditor is seeking tips from anyone that has received a notice from the State or County Health Department or a medical provider with what they perceive as erroneous COVID-19 test result.

This could include test results that were later reversed or results for test that was never taken.

Auditors from five states, Delaware, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Ohio established the online reporting portal to review their respective states’ COVID-19 data for accuracy.

Information from these individual cases will allow auditors to examine the reliability and accuracy of COVID-19 data reporting procedures in their states.

The office is only interested in first-hand accounts to establish facts or debunk the rumors.

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber said recently that his office verified five cases in which people who had never taken a COVID test received notification that they tested positive.

Click here to access the online reporting portal.

Things I will miss about the Indy 500

News came down this week that the race will be run without fans. Ohio native Zach Veach will be in the number 17 starting spot.

Stockdale native and former Minford Elementary student Zach Veach has his best starting position yet in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Zach will start in the sixth row at spot 17 on Sunday at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I’m happy for him but I just cannot imagine.

The past three years, I have been there to cover the race at the Brickyard.

Although not an avid follower of auto sports, the Indianapolis 500 is the most exciting event I have ever attended, and I have been to a few of them.

I have covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Final Four. But I must admit, the MLB Home Run Derby comes close, but that was more entertainment and fun than anything.

The disappointment hits home because I won’t be there for his fourth attempt to “kiss the bricks” as many of the media will not be allowed to come.

The race, traditionally run on Memorial Day weekend, was pushed back to Aug. 23 over fear of the coronavirus. News came down this week that the race will be run without fans.

Zach, who grew up in Stockdale, put on his Twitter post recently that “My favorite sight of the year is walking through gasoline alley and seeing the stands for the first time on Indy 500 race day. Saddened it’ll look so different this year but it is what needs to be done. We’ll put on a great show for everyone watching at home!”

I will miss that too but cannot narrow down what I will miss the most.

Everything about the Indy 500 is spectacular. The pageantry, the tradition of honoring the military and the patriotism is appreciated. The flyovers send chills down my back and the order for “drivers, start your engines,” are the four most exciting words you will hear.

On race day, it is “highly suggested” to be in the media center about 4 a.m. – maybe I won’t miss that as much come to think of it. But I must admit, the place is hopping with adrenalin even before the sun comes up and rises over the Pagoda. Track employees are everywhere and hyped up on coffee.

But the entire event is a thrill.

I recall walking the straight away with my friend, George, who is the owner of Kingdom Racing, at 6 a.m. He always has a driver in the field and goes to each car and prays for safety over them.

Throughout the morning, there are church services as the Speedway in a garage conducted by IndyCar Ministries. I’ve been to a few of them.
It’s interesting to watch the employees at the track get ready to put on the show. The red carpet is rolled out for “celebrities” at 5:30 a.m. and once the gates open, about 400,000 fans come into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s electric.

A friend and fellow sportswriter who covers the Bengals with me, went two years ago for the first time at my suggestion, and told me it was more amazing than he ever thought it would be.

I will miss not talking with Zach in his garage hours before he straps into his No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Auto Sport. I coached him in fourth grade basketball at Minford Elementary School and he is friends with my youngest son because they were on the same team.

I will miss following him on the board in the media center and watching his car zoom by the me at 240 mph.

Last year, Zach was in good position to finish in the top 10, but a five-car cash with 25 laps to go took him out of 12th place and the race.
Hardly any media, and no fans at the IMS. It’s hard to fathom.

When I spoke to Zach before he raced at Texas Motor Speedway in June, he said it was going to be odd to not see fans in the stands.

He loves the 500 and wants nothing more than to cross the finish line and drink from the milk jar.

Instead of being waited on inside the media center and having the traditional brisket and potatoes for lunch, I’ll be in my recliner chomping on nachos and cheering for our own as he takes part in the most exciting day in sports.

Godspeed Zach.

Author Del Duduit with Veach prior to last year’s race.

Del Duduit is an award-winning writer and author who lives in Lucasville, Ohio with his wife, Angie. They attend Rubyville Community Church. Follow his blog at delduduit.com/blog and his Twitter @delduduit. He is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.

 

What is being done to Stop DeWine’s One-Man-Rulership of Ohio?

If you’re waiting on legislators to put an end to Gov. Mike DeWine’s tyrannical COVID-19 orders, don’t hold your breath. There is no formal plan in the works to impeach DeWine, according to legislators.

DeWine declared a health emergency in early March. That declaration is still in place and can be extended indefinitely… as in forever.

The good news is, multiple bills have been introduced that would remove some of the executive powers used by the governor. The bad news, both the House and Senate are needed to pass legislation and they are not scheduled to be back in session until mid-September.

The General Assembly has been excluded from the Administration’s COVID decisions thus far.

When asked what criteria must be met for the governor to lift his emergency declaration, DeWine’s press secretary Dan Tierney responded , “Ohio remains in a pandemic emergency based upon scientific data and the advice of scientific experts. Our administration looks forward to continuing our collaboration with the General Assembly on resolving important COVID-19-related issues, such as liability reform and administering CARES Act funds.”

An increasing number of Republican State Representatives and Senators have spoken out against DeWine’s handling of COVID-19.

Senator Andrew Brenner said the state will be dealing with ramifications of shutting down the state and shuttering businesses for months to come.

Brenner is calling for the state to fully open.

Ohio remains under strict restrictions that impact businesses, schools, sports, personal lives, the state budget and more.

Regarding Senate Bill 55, Brenner said he believes the Senate has the votes necessary to override DeWine’s veto and the House may also have enough. The legislation was vetoed by the Governor, so it will require a supermajority of 60 percent to pass.

Senate Bill 55 would decrease fines for violating a public health order from $750 to $150. It also would make the first offense a warning.

“The economic impact of canceling fairs, festivals, The Little Brown Jug, Ohio State Football. It’s very concerning,” said Brenner.

Rep. Jon Cross also has been vocal about opening the economy.

“I would prefer the Governor to stop all mandates and orders and work with the legislature to allow the people’s voice be heard in the decision-making process,” said Cross.

“Many of my constituents’ voices of frustration are being ignored by the executive branch and I’ll continue to be their voice to raise issues and concerns from the 83rd district.”

Rep. Cross said the new House Speaker Robert Cupp and the Senate need to work together to move legislation.

To contact Speaker Cupp  by email or phone 614-466-9624

To contact Senate President Larry Obhoff by email  or phone 614-466-7595

Obhoff could not be reached for comment.

Rep. Nino Vitale said, “The state government is doing nothing to protect our liberty and freedom.”

Vitale has been very vocal about Ohioans’ loss of liberties and DeWine’s unconstitutional mandates, including the mask mandate. Vitale has a huge Facebook following.

Regarding impeachment, the House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment, but a majority of the members elected must concur therein.

Impeachments shall be tried by the senate; and the senators, when sitting for that purpose, shall be upon oath or affirmation to do justice according to law and evidence. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators.

 

 

 

 

Expectant Moms Forced to Mask-Up to Work; Unborn Babies at Risk

“When I am at work wearing the mask, I notice a huge decrease in my baby’s movements which to me is very concerning.”

Throughout Ohio, mothers-to-be are forced to wear a face mask at work or lose their job.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide mask mandate extends no consideration to the unborn.

Employers must enforce the governor’s ruling or face fines and other consequences.

A new study indicates that oxygen deprivation during the fetal stage could increase the threat of birth defects.

Oxygen is significant to life, and to a fetus, it is important to growth and development, therefore any lack of oxygen has the potential to be devastating and even fatal to a growing fetus. It is hence vital for an expectant mother to avoid any behavior that might scale back the amount of oxygen her baby receives.

Doctors say that any lack of oxygen has the potential to be devastating and even fatal to a growing fetus.

Wearing a face covering for extended periods can result in hypoxia. A low blood oxygen level lasting for several days or longer is called chronic hypoxemia.

Hypoxia is also associated with an impairment in immunity.

The human brain needs oxygen, and this is especially true for young developing minds of children and unborn babies. Women require 20% more oxygen during pregnancy, some experts have determined.

Ohio Statehouse News recently spoke with two expectant mothers who were forced to wear face masks or lose their jobs.

Linsey’s baby is due in mid-September. Linsey asked that her last name not be published.

“I’m currently 33 weeks and have to wear one,” said Linsey.

“I work at Marshall’s. We are required to wear a mask for the whole 8-hour shift and can only take it off to eat or drink. If I refuse to wear the mask, I unfortunately will not have a job anymore!

“I dislike wearing the mask. I feel like it negatively impacts my child’s and my own health.

“My doctor has said that they don’t have enough research to say whether or not the masks work, but they do recommend it for the ‘safety’ of myself and my child.

“I do worry about the amount of oxygen that myself and the baby are getting constantly. There have been many times at work where I’ve gotten light-headed and out of breath. When I am at work wearing the mask, I notice a huge decrease in my baby’s movements which to me is very concerning.”

Morgan Carrel is a front-end supervisor at Kroger. Her baby is due in mid-October.

“I either have to wear a mask or a face shield (with an approved doctor’s note) If I refused, I would have to take a leave of absence,” said Morgan.

“I’ve gotten used to wearing it. I work 40 hours a week, eight hours a day.

“I’m not a fan at all. Some days it does seem to affect my breathing to where I’m messing with the mask and pulling it down just to catch my breath at times.”

Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well for very long without it.

DeWine claims to care about children. His lack of regard for the unborn seems to leave that in question.

If you have a “smart meter” installed, there are some things you should know

Commentary by Vince Welage;  Southwest Ohio for Responsible Technology

How Smart Meters Play a Major Role in Your High Utility Bills

Ohio energy consumers should be able to manage their own utility bills by controlling how much energy they use at home. Unfortunately, in recent years, Ohio utility companies have significantly raised its “customer fees” and that has resulted in customers losing control over a big portion of their monthly utility bills – even if their energy use decreases.

For example, in 2018, Duke Energy won another approval from PUCO to raise monthly fees by a disproportionate amount for Southwest Ohio customers. Consumers who invest in efficiency and renewable energy save money on energy costs, but those savings are reduced with higher fixed fees. Legislation reform is needed in Ohio to change PUCO policy decisions effecting high energy fixed costs. Many utility commissions around the country have recognized the problems with higher fixed fees and have rejected most proposals to increase them.

Smart Meter Components:
Overcharges The utility bills that a growing number of Ohioans can’t afford to pay are higher because of the Smart Meters. In 2009, Duke Energy started to replace traditional 1-way transmitting gas and electric analog meters in Southwest Ohio with 2-way wireless AMI Smart Meters. There have been rate increases and riders approved with the new technology. In 2014, Ohio customers were given a rate increase to pay Duke Energy to finish installing 700,000+ AMI Smart Meters. In 2018, customer rates were increased again to pay for replacing those meters with new AMI Smart meters (PUCO case record 17-0032-EL-AIR).
Ohio energy consumers should have the right to traditional analog meters. Smart Meters are 2-way transmitting whereas traditional analog meters are 1-way transmitting and use less energy. Outside of Ohio it has been determined that the extra energy use to operate Smart Meters is being passed on to customers.

Privacy and Security:  Smart Meters can produce harmful consequences in terms of cyber security issues with residential home installations. Home energy usage tracking data must be kept private and confidential. If Smart Meters move to 5G networks, there is a more significant cyber security risk because the 5G technology is software based. This means it is subject to hackers using backdoor or calling home mechanisms that can go undetected when installed during regular software upgrades. Even without 5G, Duke Energy has experienced a significant number of cyber attacks with their Smart Meter technology.
Legislation is also urgently needed to stop utility companies from renting or sharing that information with third parties including contracted energy suppliers operating under the various statewide aggregation programs.

Health and Safety: Smart Meters are a health hazard because they emit Radio Frequency radiation. RF radiation is biologically-active electromagnetic exposure that is absorbed into the skin. Chronic exposure to wireless radiation has been linked to neurological damage, reproductive effects and cancer. Pregnant women and small children are particularly vulnerable.

Smart Meters are a safety hazard because they don’t have surge protectors and are prone to fires and explosions. Advanced meters must be properly grounded and have surge protection that is adequately rated in order to divert a lightning strike. Also, Smart Meters installed on homes in close proximity are exposing those residents to extremely high RF levels because of connectivity to the neighborhood energy grid which is very unhealthy.

Ohio legislators need to educate themselves on some recent Federal Court rulings against the FCC that pertains to their decision to maintain the 24 year old radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure limits not updated since 1996. The FCC rules are being continuously challenged in Federal and State courts in multiple cases by members of Congress because the FCC chairman has refused to update the safety standards. There are ongoing questions over the relevance of the current FCC human exposure standard given the onslaught of modern wireless technology. The big issue that remains is continuous exposure.

Surveillance: Smart Meter installations result in both unwanted surveillance under the guise of gas/electric aggregation cost savings programs and forced surveillance in the form of ongoing high monthly opt-out fees. Utility aggregation programs that are being implemented in Ohio local communities are tied in with these Smart Meters and Smart Grids. Energy aggregation proponents have promised that these programs would save customers money but this hasn’t been consistent. A few years ago when the Gas/Electric Aggregation programs were first introduced in Ohio, Duke Energy did not participate in the competition and the outside supplier rates for both gas and electric were much lower. This provided a good hedge against Duke utility rates especially against gas rates until they joined the competition and with PUCO compliance reduced the benefit to consumers.

For the most part, many energy aggregation programs have become somewhat of a false flag for consumer savings. This is due to the substantial drop in the GCR since July 2018 (see graph here). Duke Energy defines Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) as the charge for customers purchasing natural gas from the utility versus what a homeowner might purchase from an outside supplier via aggregation. Duke makes no profit on the GCR and the rate includes Ohio excise tax. For electric usage, Duke uses the term Price to Compare (PTC) to quote a price in cents per kWh that an outside electric supplier must offer which is a lower price for the same usage in order to save money. The fixed fees that appear on a typical utility bill are defined as a delivery service charge and a separate delivery rider calculated in advance. These values are not based on actual consumer usage for the month. The monthly fixed costs including the Smart Meter opt-out fees reduce net savings.

Ohio utility opt-out fees are determined by the utility and PUCO. The Smart Meter opt-out fees have always been a punitive measure. The consumer who chooses to opt-out still pays Smart Meter costs included in the distribution charges.

In Southwest Ohio, the net savings from energy aggregation programs hit a threshold near year end in 2017. With PUCO approval, Duke Energy had been adding a $100 setup fee and a $30 opt-out fee since September 2016 to replace the Smart Meter with a non-RF meter. The extra cost became more prevalent after reaching that threshold when choosing to opt-out.

In many cases, the Smart Meters were installed without homeowner permission or consent. At that time, many residents were already aware of the health hazards and other dangers from Smart Meters, but were faced with an added cost burden aside from the fixed monthly fees. That same situation persists today and has created a real hardship for Ohio energy consumers.

A proper alternative to the high fixed costs is a well defined cap limit approach to monthly home energy usage. This means the prior year non-heating and cooling months (May-Sept) would be used to establish a base energy usage for the current year. Duke Energy is already using a very subtle cap limit approach for electricity usage during those months by setting a 1000/kWh ceiling for cooling with a rate discount. Duke has the archival history available for both gas and electric usage in order to project a cap limit at the start of each year. In many Southwest Ohio communities, a cap limit approach for the billing of water and sewer charges has been in existence for many years.

Legislative Actions:
In 2013, Ohio Senate Bill 181 “Smart Meter Consent Bill” was endorsed by the Ohio ACLU

In 2015, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) created “Resolution For a Moratorium on the Installation of ‘SMART’ Meters and No Cost Opt-Out”

Michigan elected officials introduced Smart Meter legislation so citizens could refuse these meters and Smart Meters would be made safer.

Kentucky governor, Andy Beshear, stopped the “rollout” of Smart Meters while he was Attorney General stating that they cost too much and weren’t needed. 

 

 

 

DeWine’s Chosen Bedfellows

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Governor Mike DeWine has chosen to align himself and the state of Ohio with some unsavory individuals and organizations.

First it was  Partners In Health, an organization co-founded by Paul Farmer that lists George Soros’ Open Society Foundation as an official partner, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Farmer and the PIH openly espouses a Marxist, globalist world view.  PIH  counts Chelsea Clinton on its board of trustees.

DeWine handed contact tracing of Ohioans over to PIH on a silver tray, with no input from the legislature, thereby avoiding any potential opposition.

More Recently, DeWine chose to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation, a group well known for promoting eugenics and population control.

On Aug 4,  The Rockefeller Foundation released a statement announcing that Gov. DeWine and five other governors established a partnership with the foundation  to source  three million Covid-19 antigen  tests –   the same test that two days later produced DeWine’s false positive.

“The Rockefeller Foundation stands ready to assist in facilitating financing mechanisms to support this large-scale interstate testing compact,” said The Rockefeller Foundation release.

Incidentally, The World Health Organization cautioned against using antigen tests in April, due to a low accuracy rate of  just 34% to 80%,  according to WHO.

The Rockefeller Foundation also has close ties with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

DeWine has extensive ties to Haiti and reportedly took Dr. Amy Acton for a visit there before she became ODH Director in February 2019. Many of DeWine’s chosen bedfellows are also active in Haiti.

Clearly, DeWine has forgotten that it is Ohioans’ hard-earned money funding his paycheck, and that he is not in office to pursue his own interests and agenda.

Read about the Connection Between the Rockefeller Foundation, Johns Hopkins, and Gates Foundations.

Read about DeWine’s views on George Soros have done an about-face.

It is becoming clear that our lives are being based on faulty Covid testing

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine may have a difficult time closing the can of worms opened by his Covid-19 testing ordeal.

The Governor’s experience has made Ohioans more aware than ever that their freedoms, livelihoods and lives are very likely being based on faulty testing.

DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday afternoon after taking a rapid-response antigen test. A few hours later, he tested negative on two follow-up PCR Covid-19 tests.

Still, the Governor said he wants Ohioans to  trust in the reliability of Covid-19 testing.

“I think what people should not take away from my experience (is) that testing is not reliable or doesn’t work,” DeWine told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union on Saturday.

DeWine said the antigen tests are fairly new and the companies coming out with them have the burden of “showing how good they are.”

This downplays what CNN previously reported, that the ability of an antigen test to identify someone with  Covid-19 ranges between 34% and 80% in accuracy, according to the World Health Organization.

DeWine spoke highly of Covid-19 PCR tests, calling them “very, very, very reliable.”

Contrary to DeWine’s claim, PCR tests are also prone to false positive results, say scientists. More on that below.

DeWine doesn’t seem to grasp that a false-positive result for the average Ohioan means major life disruptions.

Unlike DeWine, who had almost immediate access to follow-up testing, Ohioans do not.

The turnaround time for a PCR test is between 48 hours and seven days, according to the Ohio Department of Health  website – possibly even longer depending on how busy labs are.

When you receive a positive result, you are reported to the ODH and your county health department.

Per CDC guidelines, you will be instructed by health officials to quarantine for at least 10 days. Anyone living in the same household is ordered to quarantine for 14 days from the date the person with Covid began isolation.

You are then subjected to contact tracing. Anyone you have been in close contact with is notified by health officials that they must quarantine for 14 days.

If you refuse to quarantine after receiving a positive Covid test result, a health department official will likely show up at your doorstep with law enforcement officers and you will be threatened with legal action.

Testing labs  report  between 2% and 8% of PCR testing can show false positive results.

In addition, there are errors resulting from improper sample handling before the sample ever arrives at the lab.

It was the mishandling of samples that resulted in 19 false positives at an East Ohio nursing facility earlier this year.

“And PCR is so incredibly sensitive, contamination is a particular concern. Even the tiniest amount of stray material in a lab can spell trouble,” said Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a clinical microbiologist who chairs the microbiology committee for the College of American Pathologists.

See a report on “False positives in reverse transcription PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2.”

DeWine admitted that antigen testing has room for improvement.

“Could they be used in some situations? Yeh, they could be, but you have to understand going in that you can get the false positive, like happened in my case, or you can get the false negatives,” said DeWine.

Despite being aware of this, DeWine recently agreed to purchase 500,000 additional antigen tests for use in Ohio anyway, as was reported on August 4.

Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia and Ohio formed an interstate compact with The Rockefeller Foundation to ramp up the use of rapid antigen tests in schools, workplaces and nursing homes.

“Time is of the essence, which is why I am pleased to join with my fellow governors to work together to expand the use of rapid, point-of-care antigen tests in order to help to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our states,” said Governor DeWine.

The all-out blitz to destroy America

Commentary by Del Duduit

They know what’s going on but refuse to do anything about it.

Real Democrats, what’s left of them, just sit back and watch the extreme leftist liberals dismantle America and all it represents.

They must be afraid to speak up because there is no way, even moderate Democrats can approve of their “leaders” destroying this nation, just because they hate the current occupant of The White House.

Thugs are released into the streets, if they are arrested at all, to offend again. Buildings and businesses are allowed to be burned and vandalized, city streets are painted with political messages while innocent people who defend themselves are at risk of losing everything they have.

Citizens are unlawfully ordered what to wear and if they can operate their own small business.

The party that is allegedly for tolerance, has labeled some people “essential” and “non-essential.” They have created a social class war by describing people this way. It sends a subliminal message that many have already swallowed.

Democrat mayors and governors threaten to arrest people for going to church yet participate and condone violent riots where hundreds gather.

It’s no longer a matter of Democrats losing their way. Today’s left wing is making an all-out blitz to destroy the fabric of America – freedom. This movement to cancel everything and defund the police is well orchestrated.

Their plan is to take away any means of protection so that rioters have nothing to stop them from tearing down American history.

Adolph Hitler is thought to have said this about his plan to overtake the world decades ago. “To conquer a nation, you must first disarm its citizens.”

Does that sound like the Democrat platform today?

Jerry Nadler, the liberal congressman from New York, told reporters the violence out west in Oregon and California is “fabricated” and a “myth.”

Meanwhile, ABC news reported a riot and fire was set inside a police station in Portland.

Democrats turn their heads to the destruction of our liberty but get visibly upset when President Trump advocates and endorses those who serve to protect all citizens.

Liberals will not condemn Antifa and its violent acts because that appears to be their base of support.

This is a group that intimidates the elderly and will use brute violence against any who opposed their anti-American beliefs.

It’s goal is to collapse American values – this is obvious because they burned Bibles last week. Where? Of course. In Oregon.

Republicans stand united and want to fight for freedom while Democrats either deny that freedom is under attack or encourage violence against our Republic. They are wrong in both cases.

Liberals want The White House so bad they are willing to wreak havoc on the American citizens.

The Coronavirus is a serious threat to those who are exposed, but the liberal left has used the pandemic as political ammunition.

They don’t want people to be safe. They simply want the nation to shut down, businesses to crumble, kids to be scared to go to school, everyone to stay home and the economy to crash. Why? Because it is the only and last attempt to win the election.

Fear has put a dent in the most successful economy ever and it also might put the kibosh on the brilliance and momentum of the Trump rallies. If they can stop the rallies, then they might have a chance to win. That is what the shutdowns are about.

Dependence. Socialism. Fear. That is what extreme Democrats shove down the throats of citizens every day. They use the cooperation of the media who also hates the president.

Democrats are now the shutdown party. The lockdown governors such as Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan have frustrated people who believe in the Constitution of the United States.

Government power and restrictions have been the norm during this crisis. This is what they thirst for and need to survive.

Candace Owen said this past week that the “Coronavirus is the greatest rigging of an American election that has ever taken place – and we are all unwitting participants.”

They want to disrupt the normal election process and use “their suggestion” for mail-in ballots.

Everyone knows, even the Democrats, that this is their best way to cheat because they cannot win with Joe Biden in his basement.
It would be amazing if “real” Democrats stood up and took back their party. But that hope is fading.

The only thing they can do now is put a check next to Donald J. Trump’s name for President when they vote in private.

I have a suspicion many will do just that.

 

Del Duduit
Best-selling author, award-winning writer
Literary agent, C.Y.L.E. Agency;   delduduit.com

Positive Covid Notification Without Ever Testing Confirmed by Ohio Auditor

Rumors have circulated for weeks about Ohioans who were notified that they tested positive for COVID-19 without ever being tested for the virus.

According to most accounts, someone was in line to take a test and then bailed when they grew tired of waiting.

Until now, there has been no official confirmation of this.

At a fundraiser Wednesday in Madison Township, Auditor Keith Faber reportedly spoke about this phenomenon and said that his office has verified five actual cases in a little over a week.

Republican State Central Committeeman John Plecnik was in attendance and shared Faber’s words in a social media post.

Auditor Keith Faber

Ohio Statehouse News reached out to Faber’s office but have not yet received a response.

“He asked everyone in attendance that Wednesday evening to share what he said to social media,” said Plecnik. “I asked him if he was serious, and he said yes, please share.”

No official Ohio reporting line has been set up as of yet. Auditor Faber’s office can be reached by calling  614-466-4514.

Every Registered Ohio Voter to Receive an Absentee Ballot Application

Ohio will be soon be mailing absentee voter applications to all of the state’s 7.8 million registered voters. This is being done to ensure that those with coronavirus concerns can vote with confidence, said Ohio Secretary of State media contact Maggie Sheehan.

The applications are expected to go out to voters shortly after Labor Day.

The polls will still be open on Election Day for in-person voting.

Meanwhile, some voter’s rights groups and the Ohio Democratic Party have filed lawsuit over how Ohio verifies absentee ballots and electronic ballot applications.

Along with 29 other states, Ohio has a “no excuse” absentee voting system, so that any voter for any reason can mail in an absentee ballot. Even so, a voter must first submit an absentee voter application, which requires a legal signature and proof of identification.

In the past it was necessary to request the application.

On Friday,  lawsuits over how Ohio verifies absentee ballots using signature matching was called a flawed, inconsistent system. Read the story here.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose reportedly said that removing the system would open the floodgates to potential voter fraud.

Signature matching is used by election officials to verify absentee ballot applications and mailed-in ballots. If officials suspect a mismatch, the absentee ballot could be denied

LaRose reportedly called the lawsuit a “solution in search of a problem that would obliterate Ohio’s safeguards on providing secure, no fault absentee voting.”

LaRose said he is open to working with these groups to improve signature verification, but with so little time before absentee voting begins, removing signature verification is not the answer.

The federal law suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Ohio, and Lawyers’ Committee, challenging the Ohio system of matching voter signatures on absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications

The Ohio Democratic Party’s lawsuit reportedly seeks to compel the secretary of state to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots by electronic means, including by fax or email.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose criticized the efforts.

The Ohio Secretary of State website states that the office continually adds and removes people from Ohio’s voter rolls, using data from the national moving database, the Bureau of Motor vehicles, and death records. This ensures that only currently eligible voters can get ballots.

Voters need only fill out and return an application and their absentee ballot will be mailed to them so they may make their selections at their leisure and return their ballot to the board of elections ahead of Election Day.

If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 PM on Election Day.

Ohioans serving in the military overseas can vote using a Uniformed Services Absentee Ballot. US citizens living overseas may also be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Learn more about military and overseas voting from the Ohio Secretary of State.

Contact your county board of elections. 

Recent polling suggests the race in Ohio is tightening. A recent CBS News Battleground Tracker poll showed the president with 46% support, compared to Biden’s 45% support among likely Ohio voters.