Gov signs bills to change Ohio’s election law

March 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed two bills that make election law changes in the presidential battleground state.

One bill signed Tuesday by Kasich improves access to the polls for disabled voters.

The other bill, signed Friday, would restrict the time groups have to collect extra signatures needed to ensure their ballot issues get before voters.

Under the proposal, groups couldn’t gather additional signatures until the secretary of state notifies them whether their initial petitions have fallen short.

Current law already allows groups 10 days to file any added signatures once they get notification. But campaigns typically continue to collect signatures after they submit their initial petitions.

Supporters want groups to have a uniform number of days. Opponents say the bill erodes referendum and initiative rights.



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