COLUMBUS – State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today applauds the Ohio House passage of her resolution that recognizes November as Military Family Month. The resolution, meant to honor the sacrifices and commitments of military families, stands in stark contrast to House Bill (HB) 458, anti-voter legislation passed in the Senate today that would make it harder for service people and military families overseas to vote.
“As a former military spouse myself, I know the importance of recognizing and supporting military families. Proclaiming November as Military Family Month is a simple yet powerful message of support we’re sending,” said Leader Russo. “It’s shameful that while the House showed this important support for military families, the Ohio Senate passed legislation that would drastically limit one of their basic freedoms. HB 458 would disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans in the active military by placing limitations on absentee ballots. Members of the military signed up to protect all of our freedoms, but Republicans are threatening to take theirs away.”
Ohio is home to roughly 7,000 active-duty personnel and another 27,000 national guard and reserve personnel. HB 458 would remove the last six days from the period that mail-in ballots can be received and counted by boards of elections.