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 plan that would have changed rules for student voting at Ohio’s universities is dead for now.
The plan went like this: If a state funded university gave an out of state student utility credentials to vote as a resident of Ohio, that university would also have to give that student the in-state tuition rate. It’s a move that could cost state universities more than 300 million dollars. But Senate President Keith Faber says that proposal has been stripped from the Senate version of the budget.
It looks like a controversial bill affecting student voting might not have enough support to make it in the budget after all.
Democratic State Representative Debbie Phillips says courts have ruled college students who attend Ohio universities full time can vote as Ohioans if they want. She’s taking issue with a part of the proposed budget that would mandate state universities to lose money if they give these students credentials needed to vote.
Early voting begins today for the May 7th special election that includes run-off votes for Dayton mayor and city commission, and levy proposals for area schools, police, fire and other services for more than 20 communities in the region.
Llyn McCoy, Deputy Director of the Greene County Board of Elections, says residents can still register to vote in the election if they have not done so.