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Voting Rights Advocates File Revised Petition For Ballot Measure

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
John Minchillo
Associated Press
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.

A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting.

Supporters of the "Secure and Fair Elections" amendment turned in a second draft of their petition, after the Ohio attorney general rejected their first copy. The attorney general's office said the first petition's summary was longer than the language for the actual constitutional amendment.

The coalition, led by the ACLU of Ohio, wants to create an automatic voter registration system through the BMV, allow for same day registration and voting and a constitutional guarantee for 28 days of early voting.

This is similar to a measure that received overwhelming support in Michigan.

The group will have to collect about 443,000 valid signatures by July to qualify for the November ballot.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.