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Controversial bills will restrict voting in Ohio if passed
Supporters say the bills will cut down on voter fraud; opponents say they unnecessarily intimidate voters

Jo Ingles
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Some controversial bills that would restrict voting in Ohio are making their way through the Legislature. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports some are likely to be voted on soon.

LISTEN: Differing views over bills that would restrict voting

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One bill would reduce the number of days for early absentee voting. Another would change the process for provisional ballots and mailing absentee ballots.

Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance, says the changes are needed to prevent voter fraud.

"One case of voter fraud is one thing but when you have up to 400 or 500 cases throughout the state, that’s quite another."

But Carrie Davis, executive director of the Ohio League of Women’s Voters, says there were only a handful of cases of actual voter fraud in the 2012 election.  She says these bills will alienate some voters by causing confusion.

"The huge volume of potential changes is a concern. Voters aren’t sure when it’s going to go into effect, if it will be in effect for the general, the primary, this year, next year."

Democrats largely oppose the elections bills but majority Republicans in the House are poised to pass some of them in the near future.
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