Rep. Antonio: Partisan Election Bills Build Wall Between Voters & The Ballot
GOP advances political legislation to restrict voting rights
February 20, 2014
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State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) criticized the Ohio GOP’s partisan efforts to limit Ohioans’ voting rights following the House of Representatives’ passage of two contentious voter suppression bills on Wednesday, Senate Bills 205 and 238.

“Voting is one if our most sacred rights- one that women and men died for,” said Rep. Antonio. “These bills will make access to the ballot difficult and could take us back to long lines and the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters.”

The legislation passed along party lines, with no evidence that the bills addressed any current problems in Ohio’s elections system. S.B. 238 eliminates “Golden Week,” when a voter can register and cast a ballot on the same day, by reducing early voting days. S.B. 205 makes further cuts to absentee voting, creates the harshest ballot rejection rule in the country and garnered zero supporters, though many opponents, during House Policy & Legislative Oversight Committee.

The bills now head to Gov. Kasich’s office for his anticipated signature, despite calls from Democratic lawmakers and public groups for Kasich to veto the legislation.

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