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Postage should be provided for Ohioans mailing in ballots

Making it as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election ought to be the name of this year’s game for both Democrats and Republicans. One means of doing that has been suggested by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

He sought state Controlling Board approval to spend $3 million to provide postage for those using mail-in absentee ballots this year. COVID-19 means there will be many of them.

But board members turned LaRose down on Monday, in a 4-2 vote.

They should reconsider — but quickly, in time for LaRose’s office to make the necessary arrangements. Providing return postage for mail-in ballots obtained and marked legally by voters would make the process more convenient. It also could avoid some delays that may affect the election.

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