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Ohio launches free iBook focused on elections

by Marc kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published: August 24, 2016 11:11 AM

Columbus -- Ohioans with iPads will have access to a little more context on Ohio's historic role in presidential elections, thanks to a new online resource developed by a central Ohio college teacher, with assistance from the secretary of state's office and state historians.

"Ohio: Pathway to the Presidency" was unveiled during a press conference at the Statehouse Aug. 23 and is available, free of charge, through Apple. It's designed for iPads but will work on other Apple devices (though not Chromebooks or other brands).

The electronic publication was created by Jason LaMar from Columbus State Community College, as part of Apple's distinguished educator program. He worked with Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's office, as well as the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society), on the project.

It includes chapters outlining Ohio's historical significance in national elections and the electoral college system, plus details of the state's population trends and maps spotlighting past vote counts.

There are interactive features, including recordings of presidential campaign songs and quizzes to test users' election knowledge.

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Details of the present presidential election, including information on Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and other candidates who will appear on Ohio's November ballot, will be updated in coming weeks.

There's also a live feed for users wanting to keep close tabs on election night results.

"It's a really cool tool/," Husted said. "We're going to be talking to schools and educators around the state so that we can get this in the hands of students across Ohio or anybody that's interested."

The book was developed without direct cost to the state.

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


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