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Ohio Democratic Party plans to sue over election changes
Democratic leaders are publicly criticizing three election-related bills recently signed by Gov. Kasich
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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State Representative Chris Redfern says a lawsuit will be filed in the coming several weeks that will challenge the constitutional authority and the constitutionality of the newly passed legislation.
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Top Democrats are criticizing three election-related bills recently signed by the governor. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the leaders believe the new laws amount to voter suppression.
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One bill makes changes to provisional ballot laws; another cuts a week off of absentee voting; and a third makes it so only the Secretary of State can decide if voters will receive unsolicited absentee ballot applications, taking that power away from local officials.

Now Democratic senators and representatives are campaigning against these laws by appearing on national political talk shows and holding rallies outside the Statehouse.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman and state Representative Chris Redfern says the party is taking a look at its options for a possible legal challenge.

“So we have filed a lawsuit in the past. We’ve filed actually four over the past few years; we’ve won every one in federal court, and we will file a lawsuit in this case in the coming several weeks that will challenge the constitutional authority and the constitutionality of several of the pieces of legislation that have passed over the course of the last two weeks.”

Republican supporters have said these provisions were made in order to standardize more election measures and comply with rulings from federal court cases.
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