Democratic state lawmakers are questioning a review by local county election boards into instances of voter suppression in Ohio during the 2012 presidential election.
Sen. Nina Turner and Rep. Kathleen Clyde said Wednesday that votes were suppressed when thousands of absentee and provisional ballots were rejected. They contend reports of long lines also discouraged voters.
The Ohio Secretary of State has made changes to the office’s website designed to make it easier for Ohio voters to update and check on their voting status. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted talks about the upgrades to the office’s internet site.
A three day statewide conference of boards of elections members and workers concludes today in Columbus, just as state lawmakers prepare to come back to the capital for their first full week of work in this new General Assembly.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has his own list of priorities for lawmakers, such as online voter registration, online requests for absentee ballots, uniform hours of operation for board of elections offices and new rules for provisional ballots.
“For reasonable people, there is nothing controversial here,” says Husted.