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Ohio Senate Approves Voting Changes
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In a party-line vote yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed a bill Republicans say makes several important changes to state election law.
The measure ends the so-called “Golden Week” when people can register and cast a ballot at the same time, and shortens the in-person early voting period. Senator Shirley Smith was among the Democrats saying the bill goes too far.
“I have no doubt that at the rate we’re going, in the very near future we’ll be asked to show a birth mark before we can cast our ballot,” Smith said.
The measure also lets people change voter registration details online. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with an election bill passed in the House last week.