Democrats in the Ohio Senate say local boards of elections should have the flexibility to set their own early voting schedules following a federal court decision.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus temporarily blocked an Ohio law that trims early voting and ordered the swing state's election chief to set an expanded voting schedule. The judge also barred Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted from preventing local elections boards from adopting additional early voting hours beyond his order.
The organization that represents elections officials throughout Ohio has not taken a position on the federal court’s most recent ruling on changes to the state’s elections laws. Last week the court ordered the state to go back to some of the early voting options that were in place in 2010, but have since been eliminated by new laws. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted plans to appeal the ruling, but Aaron Oeckerman with the Ohio Association of Election Officials says his group didn’t ask Husted to do that.
Fifty years ago, in November 1964, President Lyndon Johnson won reelection in a landslide victory, and Congress, too, was overwhelmingly Democratic. During the Johnson presidency, a number of landmark social programs were passed into law: Medicare, Head Start, the federal food stamp program, the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, too.
Montgomery County is looking for more money to support services for senior citizens, foster kids, and the poor and unemployed by taking a request for a levy increase to voters this November.
The county says human services needs are growing, but resources are shrinking, mainly because property values have gone down, and that’s what property taxes are based on. Each year since 2010 Human Services has seen millions in cuts, totaling over $20 million.
A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers thinks it’s time the legislature pass a bill under consideration that would require voters to show a valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID before they can cast a ballot.