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Ohio Secretary Of State: 'Trump Trains' Can't Block Voters From Polling Places

Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau

A group supporting President Trump called on its followers to go to be part of so-called "Trump trains" in the state’s major cities after 5 p.m. But the Ohio Secretary of State says they can't block people from voting.

The plan is for supporters of Trump to circle polling places in their cars and trucks, decorated with Trump flags and signage.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, says authorities won’t get in the way of what he calls “a creative way to express their support" for Trump.

“What would not be tolerated and what would be dealt with by law enforcement is anything that obstructed, delayed or made it difficult for people to get to a polling location or to drop off their ballot at a drop box," LaRose says.

LaRose says local law enforcement has been working with his office and the state to head off any potential problems.

Despite concerns about voter intimidation, LaRose said Tuesday that Election Day had proceeded mostly without incident.

Polls close in Ohio at 7:30 p.m., but voters who are in line at that time are allowed to cast their vote.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.