News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Cuyahoga's decision caps a day of furious twists in the voting rights battle in Ohio
The largest county in the state will mail absentee ballot applications to all voters despite a state law forbidding it
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
FitzGerald told council Cuyahoga has advanced the voting rights issue for the entire state.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Cuyahoga County Council plans to mail out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports tonight's vote to do that is just the latest twist in a furious two days of chicken between Ohio’s largest Democratic county and its Republican state lawmakers.

LISTEN: A political game of chicken

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:06)


House Republicans started the week by threatening to cut local government funding to any county that violates a new state law that forbids anyone but the Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications – and then only if lawmakers say OK. 

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald – Democrat running for governor – said that was such a heavy-handed attempt to suppress voter turnout he’s calling on the feds to investigate. 

The House dropped the threat just before County County met,  and Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state will mail out ballot applications to all voters statewide this year. 

But FitzGerald said the county cannot concede to a law that interferes with Cuyahoga’s home-rule power to help voters. 

“It takes away by law our right to do so and it also, not coincidentally, does not guarantee that the state will continue to mail out those ballots. If they wanted to take away our power to do it so the state could do so they very easily could have said that counties cannot do it if the state continues to do so. But they did not do so, and I would submit that was quite intentional.” 

The county council vote was 8-3, with the three Republicans voting no. They say voting should be uniform throughout the state, especially with contiguous counties.

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Ohio lawmakers want to eliminate background checks, training to carry guns
On the face of this report I don't find the name of the bill or who sponsered it. I will have to google a general bill with this as its content to address it. N...

Ohio lawmaker calls for an investigation into a Dayton women's prison
I was an inmate at DCI and I am so happy that it's being investigated. The staff behavior there is awful unless he/she is your lover. There are more drugs insid...

Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
Can we use the Tribble on Disability Care? if so can you send the link to http://voice4thevoiceless.us thank you, Mark J Cleland Sr voice4thevoiceless.us

Treasures rescued from Cleveland's closed Catholic churches
This was found to be a real gift today Good Friday Bless you for your work

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University