Rep. Ashford: SB 200, Another Obstacle Between Voters & The Ballot
Votes 'No' on legislation that would cause purging of voter rolls
December 12, 2013
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On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 200, legislation that modifies the Ohio voter registration process, one of twenty voter suppression bills introduced by the Ohio GOP this year.

“SB 200 will cause some Ohio voters’ registrations to be cancelled for unnecessary reasons,” said State Rep. and Democratic Whip Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). “Ohio already leads the country with the highest number of purged registrations, nearly one million. The passage of SB 200 is yet another brick in the wall between voters and their access to the ballot.”

SB 200 expands the ability of the Ohio Secretary of State to match Ohio’s statewide voter registration list with other state agency lists, which will increase the number of voters who will have their registrations cancelled. The bill also reestablishes the minimum number of voting machines required per county. Some believe this new formula will adversely affect high population counties, like Lucas County, and cause longer wait times at the polls. The bill was passed in the House along mostly partisan lines with a vote of 60 to 32.

The bill now heads to the Governor’s office for his anticipated signature.

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