New election administration bills cause concern
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Ohio General Assembly has been busy considering two legislative proposals that will affect the time, place and manner in which Ohioans exercise their right to vote.
The Ohio House passed House Bill 194 (Mecklenborg, R-Cincinnati) May 18. A competing bill containing Secretary of State Husted's proposed changes, Senate Bill 148 (Wagoner, R-Toledo), passed out of committee last week and is headed for a Senate vote.
Secretary Husted would like SB 148 passed in the next few weeks so the new election-administration laws can be tested in the 2011 general election and be fine-tuned, as needed, for the 2012 presidential election. It is anticipated that the Ohio House and Senate will soon resolve their differences on the two bills.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio has provided an analysis of the two bills.