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Ohio Democrats Don't Like What They Are Hearing About New Election Reform Bill

The first Sunday early in-person voters in October 2020 attracted a long line of voters at the Stark County Board of Elections.
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The first Sunday early in-person voters in October 2020 attracted a long line of voters at the Stark County Board of Elections.

A bill to reform elections in Ohio hasn’t been introduced yet but information about it has been leaking out. So far, Democrats don’t like what they are hearing.

Democrats say the Republican bill will take away one day of early in-person voting, shorten the window for requesting absentee ballots and require voters to provide more identification when casting ballots.

Rep. Phillip Robinson (D-Solon) said since there hasn’t been any widespread fraud in Ohio, there’s no reason for this bill.

“In Ohio, we don’t have a problem with voter fraud. We have a problem with voter access," Robinson said.

The Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township), notes the criticism by Democrats of an older draft of a bill had no effect on what has ended up in his legislation and says he has “herd immunity from the criticisms of the organized left.”

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.