Supporters Of On Ohio Voters Bill Of Rights Can Now Collect Signatures To Put Issue On November Ballot

Source:  Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group  / The Plain Dealer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group pushing to enshrine voting provisions in the Ohio Constitution got the green light Thursday morning to collect signatures to put the amendment on the November ballot.

The Ohio Ballot Board unanimously agreed Thursday the “Ohio Voters Bill of Rights” should be presented to voters as one amendment. The amendment writes into the Constitution minimum early, in-person voting hours — 12 hours during the weekend before Election Day and 10 hours each day during the preceding week — current identification standards, absentee ballot procedures and online voter registration.

One of the group’s leaders, Cincinnati Democratic Rep. Alicia Reece, said the amendment protects those voting provisions from changes by lawmakers and removes the “political football” game played by both parties over voting procedures.

Reece said the amendment’s group of grassroots supporters is ready to collect signatures this weekend. The group will need to collect 385,247 valid signatures from Ohio voters, a portion from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, by July to qualify for the ballot.

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