Former Ohio Secretary Of State Pushing Ballot Referendum To Overturn Ohio’s Restrictive Election Reforms

Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed into a law a series of elections reforms that shorten the state’s early voting period, ban in-person early voting on Sundays, prohibit boards of election from mailing absentee ballot requests to voters, and allows poll workers to refuse to tell voters where they can vote. Now, former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) is leading a coalition of lawmakers, labor, church, and voting-rights groups in an effort to overturn parts of this law through ballot repeal. The coalition, Fair Elections Ohio, must collect 1,000 signatures and have its petition certified to move forward. If certified, then it will need 231,000 valid signatures by Sept. 29 in order to suspend the law until the 2012 election. “Ohio voters like choices. This starts limiting choices in terms of less time to vote, less convenient hours, less time to vote absentee,” said Brunner. “”The old adage [is] ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.'”