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Elections Officials: Smoking ban foes collected enough signatures

The Franklin County Board of Elections today says it certified the required number of signatures on petitions challenging a public ban on smoking.

The petitions were returned to city hall where a decision is pending on placement on the November ballot.

Columbus City Council approved the public smoking ban in late June to take effect on September 26th. Now, it appears Columbus city voters will decide the issue. The ban is on hold until then.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.