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Surprising ending to all 2020 election conflicts over absentee ballot deadlines

(THE CONVERSATION) One of the most heavily contested voting-policy issues in the 2020 election, in both the courts and the political arena, was the deadline for returning absentee ballots.
Going into the election, the policy in a majority of states was that ballots had to be received by election night to be valid. Lawsuits seeki ... (full story)

For autocrats like Vladimir Putin, ruthless repression often way to stay in power

(THE CONVERSATION) Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, sick with a cough and fever, has been moved to the hospital ward of the remote penal colony where he is imprisoned.
Navalny landed in prison after legal troubles that began in 2019, when he was arrested for "leading an unauthorized protest." In 2020, while on parole ... (full story)

Unequal treatment for college women's basketball players has deep roots

(THE CONVERSATION) When college women basketball players began to post photos and videos of how they got less food, less accurate COVID-19 testing and less exercise equipment in the NCAA March Madness Tournament bubbles than their male counterparts, a sense of collective outrage ensued.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat f ... (full story)

Vaccine guilt is good – as long it doesn't stop you from getting a shot

(THE CONVERSATION) Over 100 million Americans have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you are one of them, you might feel lucky, relieved and possibly a little guilty.
Vaccine guilt – a feeling associated with getting immunized before others – is a phenomenon that has been reported in both the U.S ... (full story)

Stow clerk of courts discusses re-election plans

She’s served as Stow Clerk of Courts since March 2019, now Democratic incumbent Amber Zibritosky is hoping to retain the position, vying for a full six-year term in the November general election.
Zibritosky, who is running unopposed in the May primary, will face off against Republican Mike Rasor, a former longtime Stow Ci ... (full story)