Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) released a joint statement regarding the settlement agreement announced today in the NAACP v. Jon Husted lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 238, which was passed in the 130th General Assembly.

“We commend all parties involved for their efforts to achieve a reasonable settlement that upholds the integrity of the law we passed. We especially appreciate the deference given to the legislature in protecting its constitutional duty to make future laws.  

This agreement confirms that Ohio has one of the most open and accessible election systems in the nation.  Republican reforms have given Ohioans more access to the ballot than almost any other state, and as we move forward, we will continue to work with our colleagues in the legislature to protect and preserve the right to vote for all residents.

We want to particularly thank Secretary Husted for his leadership in seeking a resolution that honors the interests of everyone involved.”

The settlement agreement announced this morning is comprisedof several terms, including dismissing with prejudice the legal challenge against Senate Bill 238. Additionally, the early in-person voting calendar will be increased from the hours set forth in the Secretary of State’s earlier directives by four hours for presidential general elections, 10 hours for gubernatorial elections, and 14 hours for municipal/special elections.

Senate Bill 238 was signed into law by Governor Kasich in February 2014.

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