Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM
Some controversial bills that would restrict voting times and change other procedures in Ohio are making their way through the legislative process. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports some are likely to be voted on soon.
One bill would reduce the number of days for early absentee voting. Another would change the process for provisional ballots and mailing absentee ballots.
Chris Long, President of the Ohio Christian Alliance, says these changes are needed to prevent voter fraud.
“One case of voter fraud is one thing but when you have up to four to five hundred cases throughout the state, that’s quite another,” Long said.
But Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the Ohio League of Women’s Voters says there were only a handful of cases of actual voter fraud in the 2012 election. She says these bills will alienate some voters by causing confusion.
“The huge volume of potential changes is a concern,” Davis said. “Voters aren’t sure when it’s going to go into effect, if it will be in effect for the general, the primary, this year, next year.”
Democrats largely oppose the elections bills but majority Republicans in the House are poised to pass some of them in the near future.
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