2021 is a fresh start in many ways. It is the beginning of a new decade, the US appears to have turned the corner in the fight against COVID-19, and the current President’s twitter feed is pleasingly dull. History will mark the 2011-2020 era of American politics as plagued by polarization, during which we increasingly became the Divided States of America.
Last week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose penned an op-ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer titled Ohio is a model for how to run elections. The piece gives high praise to Ohio for how smoothly our election went, citing how fast we released our results on election night, the state’s impressive poll worker recruitment, and the convenience of our absentee ballot system.
ACLU of Ohio Sends 3 Sets of Records Requests Seeking More Information About Management of COVID-19 for Incarcerated Populations
Ohioans behind bars are especially vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. The ACLU of Ohio sent three sets of records requests to learn more about what Ohio officials are – and are not – doing to prevent and mitigate the spread of the highly contagious and often deadly virus.
At least 27 states and Washington D.C. have begun releasing racial breakdowns of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions. The data released so far has shown that by in large Black people are dying at disturbingly disproportionate rates. For example, Black people represent 43 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois, but make up only 14 percent of the state’s population.