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.