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Cuyahoga is likely to clash with the state over voting restrictions
FitzGerald asks Cuyahoga County Council to authorize continued mailing of absentee ballot applications, something now forbidden by a GOP-backed state law
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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County Executive Ed FitzGerald is calling the state on its plans to restrict absentee ballot mailings.
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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is asking county council to ignore a new state law that restricts absentee voting. It’s a fight that’s likely to end up in court. 

FitzGerald – who is running for governor – is asking county council to ensure Cuyahoga continues to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. That’s expressly forbidden by a GOP-backed law the governor signed last week. It allows only Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to send out unsolicited applications and then only if state lawmakers say he can.

Democrats say that’s an attempt to stop voters in largely Democratic Cuyahoga County from voting, and would undo years of smooth elections after the county started routinely mailing out the absentee ballots.

Republican backers of the law they want uniform voting practices statewide.

FitzGerald also plans to introduce a charter amendment that includes voter ballot access as a core function of the county government.

 

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