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Supporters are not giving up on Ohio Voters Bill of Rights
Democratic state senator says supporters plan to begin passing petitions with updated wording this weekend
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reece supports the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights, which she says protects citizens from voter disenfranchisement.
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Supporters of an initiative to get an Ohio Voters Bill of Rights on the November ballot say they are not giving up.

That's after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the wording for the ballot measure, saying the summary misrepresented the ballot initiative.

Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati disagrees, but says many initiatives have to go through rewrites. Reece says the goal of the measure is to create an amendment to the Ohio Constitution protecting voting rights from recent legislative attacks from Republicans.

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“Once it’s in the Constitution, it will protect the voting rights of all citizens of the state of Ohio. But (it) also will protect the citizens who have been targeted as it relates to voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression, particularly low income citizens, college students and African Americans and other minorities,” Reece says.

She says the Ohioans for a Voters Bill of Rights hope to have petitions back out by this weekend with the new wording.

If the new summary is approved, the group must collect more than 385,000 valid signatures by July 2nd to make it to the November ballot.

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