Ohio Voter Laws

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Ohio voter laws strengthened – SB 205 & SB 238 await governor’s signature


With the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 205 and Ohio Senate Bill 238, the legislation awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.


 SB 205 revises Ohio’s voter laws regarding the mailing of absentee ballots. The new legislation limits election officials’ ability to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to voters only in even-numbered election years and only if the Ohio General Assembly specifically funds it. It bans all other public officials, employees, or offices from mailing unsolicited applications for absentee voter’s ballots to individuals. It allows absentee ballots with incomplete identification envelopes to be discarded. It also prevents any pre-paid postage for voters to be covered by government entities for any absentee ballot or ballot application mailings.


 SB 238 will eliminate “Golden Week.” In other words, it shortens the early, in-person voting period by eliminating the week-long window where voters may simultaneously register to vote and cast an early in-person ballot. This is a major step towards reducing fraud in Ohio’s elections.


 The passage of both of these pieces of legislation is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of many people, not the least of which is Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance. OCA has been at the forefront of improving our voting laws to reduce fraudulent votes from being cast. Thank you, Chris!


 More help for Ohio voters is on the horizon


Two more pieces of legislation are making their way through the Ohio legislature. Passage of Senate Bill 216 would result in all provisional ballots in being marked or printed on a different color of paper to eliminate them from being mistakenly fed through the optical scan machines on Election Day. Passage of House Bill 250 would result in early voting being limited to two weeks.


 We will keep you apprised of any progress on both of these pieces of legislation.