UPDATE: FitzGerald to Challenge Ohio's Early Voting Rules

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/27/2014 2:25 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The leader of Ohio's largest county says he plans to challenge a new state law that bars county elections boards from mailing unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications.

Absentee ballots allow Ohio voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation in the county's council that asserts its home-rule authority and provides a pathway to ensure the applications could be sent to voters in the county, which includes Cleveland.

FitzGerald is a Democrat and is running for governor.

Last week, Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill allowing the secretary of state to send the applications for general elections only if the Legislature directs the money for it. Other public officials would be banned from doing so.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio legislative committee plans to vote on two election-related proposals that would affect early voting in the presidential battleground state.

One bill would eliminate the chance for residents to both register to vote and cast an early ballot on the same day. Without that so-called golden week, early voting would start the first day after voter registration ends. That's typically 29 days before Election Day.

The early-voting period currently begins 35 days before Election Day.

Another bill would set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

A House panel is scheduled to consider the proposals Tuesday afternoon. If approved, the full House would likely consider them next week. Both bills have passed the Senate.

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