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League of Women Voters Backs Election Reform Referendum

Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

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The Ohio League of Women Voters is getting behind the effort to put the newly passed election reform law up for a referendum. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.

The Ohio League of Women Voters takes issue with several parts of the new law including the reduction of time for in person and absentee voting and elimination of the requirement that poll workers direct voters to the correct precincts. 

Nancy Brown, co-president of the group says it has “historically sought to remove obstacles to voting, to ensure all eligible voters can vote and that all valid votes are counted.”

Opponents of the new law need to gather 231 thousand valid signatures by September 29th in order to prevent the new law from going into effect.  If they are successful, Ohio voters would vote on the bill in November 2012. 

Republicans who pushed the bill through the legislature say it is fair and will make sure the voting process is conducted the same in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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