News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


GOP lawmaker tries again to restrict weekend voting hours in Ohio
Becker says his bill would reduce chaos at a busy time for election's boards
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
John Becker says eliminating final weekend voting would eliminate confusion.
Courtesy of OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

In 2008, more than 100,000 Ohioans voted on the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before the general election day. The statewide numbers are not available for last November, but poll watchers reported long lines at boards of elections throughout the state. Now, as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, some Republican lawmakers are trying to cut off in-person voting on those three days before future general elections.

LISTEN: Another move to curtail Ohio's early voting hours

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:03)


Republican state Rep. John Becker says his bill would allow early in-person voting in Ohio during the two weeks before future November elections but not on the weekends and Mondays before Election Day.

He says county boards of elections “are looking for stability and time to be allocated to do their jobs to get the job done right.”

Becker says he doesn’t believe there was voter fraud, errors or inaccuracies, but the early voting hours “creates chaos in their office to have to jump through these hoops.”

“It’s a matter of scrambling to get the ballots out to the precincts.  There’s just a lot of work the boards of elections have to do the weekend before the election.  And when you are having early voting (too), it creates scheduling issues for the board to get done what they need to get done, especially when it wasn’t planned.”

Why cut back?
Back in 2008, early voting was planned. But by 2012, Republican lawmakers had changed Ohio law to take that weekend away. Democrats and voting rights advocates appealed and about a month before Election Day, a federal court ordered the state to reinstate the weekend voting.  Becker says the federal courts should not be telling Ohio how to run its elections.

But Peg Rosenfield of the Ohio League of Women Voters says “can’t imagine” why GOP lawmakers want to cut back on voting hours.

“That last weekend is enormously important for people to vote … so they don’t have to miss work to vote on Tuesday. And I just can’t understand what the thinking is to make voting less accessible.”

The league opposes Becker’s bill and doesn’t think it will pass. But Becker has a companion bill that would require early in-person voting only on weekdays during business hours.

Listener Comments:

I guess Ohio is trying to out-do North Carolina. For shame!


Posted by: Andrea Jirka (Medina) on August 24, 2013 9:08AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existance
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Summa's dress code is not 'etched in stone'
SOME OF THESE POLICIES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE. UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THESE TYPE OF JOBS EVERY DAY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS COMFORTABLE AND REASONABLE OR NOT. UNLESS ...

In a crowded, controversial field, Kasich's low-profile may be a boon
I think it should be required that if a candidate wants to use the facilities of one of our state universities to promote him- or herself, they should be requir...

How's Kasich selling in New Hampshire, and what about Iowa?
"If he heads there, says Gomez, he’ll either have to shy away from those issues, flip flop or “stick his finger in their face and say, ‘Yeah, yeah, I expa...

Ohio School Boards Association says new law could mean state takeovers of schools virtually anywhere
It would be nice if the state were this concerned about the dozens of failing charter schools.

Republican National Convention plans outreach to African American voters in Ohio
Too late! Seriously - I think the Republicans already blew another outreach campaign to blacks when they allowed many prominent members of their party to spea...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University