Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released the following statement on today’s U.S. district court decision in which Secretary of State Husted was ordered to restore early voting hours in all counties in time for the November 2014 election. The ruling requires that voters be allowed to cast in-person absentee ballots 35 days prior to the election, which includes the restoration of “Golden Week”:

“Today’s court ruling is a win for democracy. As a legislature, our goal should always be to afford every eligible citizen greater access to the ballot box, not less.

“The return of ‘Golden Week,’ where voters can register and cast a ballot on the same day, means that working Ohioans with demanding schedules will be able to fulfill their civic duty starting September 30. The ruling also restores evening early voting, as well as multiple Sundays. If you have any questions about the new voting schedule, make sure to call your local Board of Elections.”

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Rep. Patterson Applauds Passage Of Bipartisan Lake Erie Funding Bill


State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 299, the companion bill to Patterson’s House Bill 643, the Ohio Clean lake 2020 Plan. Joint-sponsored with state Rep. Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton), the bipartisan legislation invests $36 million in efforts to tackle the issue of harmful algal blooms and create innovative programs to clean up Lake Erie.