Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
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An Ohio group that wanted to put voter reforms on the fall ballot has dropped its effort, after losing court battles to make signature collecting easier during the pandemic. 

Amy Sutherly gathers signatures to put a referendum of HB6 on the 2020 November ballot. She has a brace around her wrist saying she sustained the injury after a counter petitioner hit her.
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A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to Ohio groups trying to put constitutional amendment proposals on the November ballot.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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A federal court ruled Tuesday that an Ohio group will have more time to collect petition signatures to put a voter rights amendment on the November ballot. The groups will also be permitted to collect those signatures electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with a coalition that’s pushing a voting rights amendment for this fall’s ballot. The justices rejected a decision made by majority Republicans on the state ballot board to split the amendment into four parts.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split a voter rights measure into four separate potential ballot issues. The amendment, which includes constitutionally protected early voting and automated voter registration, could now circulate as four different petitions.

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is pitching their ballot measure as something with widespread appeal.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The Ohio Attorney General has cleared the language for a proposal to update Ohio's voter registration system. It now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board for approval before organizers can begin collecting signatures.

NAACP Endorses Ballot Campaign To Streamline Ohio Voting

Jan 30, 2020
The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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The Ohio branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization has endorsed an ballot initiative aimed at streamlining the state's voting process.

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An Ohio State University elections law professor says a proposed constitutional amendment on voter registration would likely lead to more engagement.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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A group known as Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections has filed a petition with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to propose a voting-related constitutional amendment for this November's ballot.