Election Reform

The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.

The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.

Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.

Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.

The leader of the Ohio Senate says a bill to repeal the state's disputed election law will be introduced in the coming weeks, and his fellow Republican lawmakers are looking at rules to replace the contentious measure.

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters Wednesday that it's too early to tell whether any replacement legislation could be passed before November's general election.

Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles in this edition of PoliticsOhio. Ingles reports that the fate of the election reform ballot issue has sparked controversy among Secretary of State Jon Husted and other members of the Republican Legislature. Ingles explains the alternative suggestions made by Democrats and discusses the future of election reform.

After a setback last week, opponents of Ohio's new elections law submitted additional signatures in hopes of putting the measure before voters in a 2012 repeal effort.

Democrats and their allies loaded a U-Haul truck full of more than 166,000 signatures to deliver to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's just more than a week after he said they were more than 9,500 short of the roughly 231,000 they needed.

Among other changes, the election overhaul shortens the swing state's early voting period.

Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles for this week’s PoliticsOhio. Ingles reported this week on the latest efforts to put the newly adopted election reform law on the ballot. She says Ohio voters should not expect any changes next week from the year before. Ingles give updates on the poll numbers this week for President Obama in the state and touches on discussion regarding redistricting. 

HB 194 is an omnibus election reform bill introduced by Reps. Mecklenborg and Blessing.  The bill has some controversial aspects to it, and is the subject of much debate.  Below is a link to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission analysis of the bill.

The group that wants to put the recently passed elections reform law on the statewide ballot will make another attempt to get petition language certified.

Election Reform On The Minds Of Ohio Legislators

Jun 24, 2011

Emily McCord speaks with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler in this edition of PoliticsOhio. Kasler explains the latest developments with election reform legislation in the Senate and how a more controversial bill is expected next week. Also, there's discussion over Secretary of State Husted's role in the collective bargaining debate.