State Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) voted to support House Bill 680, which enhances voter access and clarifies uncertainty from this past year’s primary election in Ohio. Patton is a cosponsor of the legislation and it passed out of the Ohio House.


Patton noted that the changes adopted do not alter the ability for the state to allow in-person early voting for the final weekend before Election Day.


“We must make sure that we safeguard our elections for November,” said Patton. “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the primary election confused many Ohioans and made the process of our election very unclear. This legislation moves forward in correcting the errors from the primary election to ensure Ohioans know how they can vote in November.”


The legislation includes:



  • Prohibiting a public official from causing an election to be conducted in any way other than the time, place and manner currently outlined in state law;



  • Permitting the Ohio Secretary of State to use federal CARES Act funding to mail unsolicited applications for absentee ballots for the November 2020 election;



  • Allowing the Secretary of State to use CARES aid in several other ways as well, including paying for completion of the March 17 primary; providing personal protective equipment for elections officials; paying for cleaning and modifying the layout of polling places; and recruiting and training poll workers; and



  • Setting the deadline at seven days prior to Election Day for voters to apply to receive absentee ballots by mail. Current law is three days, which the United States Postal Service indicates is insufficient to meet their delivery standards.

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Rep. Tom Patton Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) today announced that a sales tax holiday will be held this weekend, an opportunity for parents to receive some tax relief during back-to-school shopping in preparation for the new school year which will also stimulate economic activity for Ohio’s retailers. This year’s sales tax holiday was established by the state operating budget, House Bill 49.



 
 

Representative Patton Sworn In As State Representative Of The 7th House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 7th Ohio House District, which includes portions of Cuyahoga County. He was also elected by his peers to serve as Majority Whip.