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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Legislators urged to alter election administration bills

Sunday, Jun. 5, 2011

In emails to central Ohio legislators today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus recommended changes to two election administration bills pending in the House and Senate.

The correspondence was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of Ohio to the following state senators and representatives serving central Ohio:

The full text of the email follows:

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to speak up for election administration legislation that supports voters' access and intent.

While HB 194 and SB 148 both contain some improvements to current law, the League of Women Voters is concerned about three areas likely to result in long lines at the polls and uncounted votes by legitimate voters. Specifically, these bills eliminate poll workers' responsibility to assist voters, reduce options for absentee voting, and weaken recognition of voter intent.

Please craft legislation that instead:

Thank you for your consideration of our request, and for your service to central Ohio. Please don’t strip away voters’ rights.