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Husted discusses Ohio election rules following law repeal

Sandusky Register Staff • May 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted stopped by the Register offices to talk about changes to Ohio election laws repealed this week over concerns voters will be confused about voting in the November election.

Husted said he supports uniformity for elections rules in the state, but felt a challenge to the rules placed on the ballot by opponents could confuse voters in this November's important presidential election.

The repealed law shortened the number of early voting days and made other changes, such as prohibiting individual boards of elections to send out absentee ballot requests to registered voters. Supporters claimed it's unfair some counties — typically large urban centers — can send out the ballot requests to all registered voters while other rural counties don't have the resources to do so.

Husted said the state of Ohio, using federal grant dollars, will send such ballot requests to all voters for this year's November election, though it's unclear if there will be funding to continue the practice in future elections.

While the rules were repealed by the Republican-led legislature, lawmakers in support of changes say they'll go back to the drawing board after the November election.

Hear what Husted had to say about the need to recruit more poll workers in the video here, and tell us what you think about proposed changes to Ohio election laws below.

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