Politics, Election Reform
8:46 am
Fri August 19, 2011

OH election law foes clear hurdle in repeal effort

Opponents of Ohio's elections overhaul have been cleared to move forward with their effort to ask voters to repeal the law.

Among other changes, the law shortens the state's early voting period and bans in-person early voting on Sundays.

The state's top elections official said Thursday that the Fair Elections Ohio group has the 1,000 valid signatures needed to continue with its effort. Attorney General Mike DeWine has also approved the group's summary language of the legislation, which will be used on future petitions.

The group had hit a snag earlier this month after DeWine ruled its summary wasn't accurate. Fair Elections Ohio then had to resubmit another round of signatures and new phrasing. They now can start collecting the roughly 231,000 signatures needed by Sept. 29 to place the measure on the 2012 ballot.