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Democrats, Other Activists Kick Off Campaign for “Voters Bill of Rights” in Ohio Constitution

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Voters soon could decide on a constitutional amendment to guarantee the constitutional right to cast a ballot.

Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm

A group of Democratic lawmakers, clergy members, students and others used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a kickoff for a campaign to put a “voters’ bill of rights” on the fall ballot.

Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati says it needs to be a constitutional amendment to set the ground rules for who can vote, when and where.

“They could change every other week depending on who's in charge," Reece said. "This has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican. We believe that voting rights should be non-partisan, but the rules should be in the Ohio Constitution, the ground rules”

Reece says her bill would clarify rules on early voting and provisional ballots, and she says it would stop what she says are attacks in several bills now under consideration at the Statehouse. So far this General Assembly, bills have been introduced to shorten the early voting period and require photo ID, both of which are opposed by Democrats.

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