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Democrats threaten to sue over Ohio's new voting laws
Democrats say restrictions on absentee voting break federal laws
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says limiting absentee voting discriminates.
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Ohio Democrats are threatening to sue over two bills Gov. John Kasich signed Friday that will cut back on early and absentee voting.

One bill eliminates the “golden week,” a six-day period where people can register to vote and vote on the same day. The other prohibits county election boards from sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications and paying return postage on these.

Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says the bills will likely end up in federal court.

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“Making cuts to early voting and in-person early voting disproportionally hits African-Americans," Clyde says. "I think the statistic in Cuyahoga County is that they are 20 times more likely to vote early in-person so there’s a potential discrimination claim.”

Clyde said one bill will also likely be challenged since it allows ballots to be thrown out due to small errors. She says that's prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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