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A group representing crime victims in Ohio says more needs to be done to ensure families who suffer from crime are treated fairly. This group wants Ohio voters to amend the constitution to ensure equal rights for crime victims. Five other states have passed such issues.

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Donald Trump has called for his supporters be on the lookout for voter fraud at polling locations.

But people who want to volunteer in Ohio as election observers must be certified by their county’s board of elections. And they are not allowed to record, persuade, challenge or otherwise engage with voters.

Mike Brickner from the ACLU of Ohio says observers are given official credentials to present each time they enter a precinct.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is urging the state to not share a database used by law enforcement. 

The database includes driver’s license photographs, mug shots and corrections photos. The ACLU’s Gary Daniels is concerned the state will share those pictures with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“This information about all of us could potentially be abused.”

Daniels fears the FBI would use these photographs to spy on innocent Ohioans.

ACLU sues Cleveland Over RNC Protest Rules

Jun 14, 2016
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The ACLU of Ohio is suing the city of Cleveland over regulations for protests during next month's Republican National Convention.  

ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link says one of the suits calls for the city to reduce the size of the so called “Event Zone” which covers more than 3-square miles of downtown. Link says people within the zone, particularly the homeless, would be restricted from carrying items such as sleeping bags, canned food and coolers.

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UPDATE:  A city spokeswoman says they haven't been served with the lawsuit and declined to comment.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio made good this week on its promise to sue the City of Akron if changes were not made to its law restricting panhandling.  

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The state is being sued over the way Secretary of State Jon Husted is handling the removal of voters from the state’s voting rolls. 

The Ohio American Civil Liberties Union’s Freda Levinson says Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using illegal criteria to purge voters.

“Under federal law, it is not permissible to cancel a voter for exercising their right not to vote,” Levinson said.


While the election may be driving a divide between and even inside political parties, conservatives and liberals in Ohio continue to work on one issue together. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, one group has released a comprehensive report to try and tackle criminal justice reform.

More than 50,000 people are in Ohio prisons. That’s down from an all-time high of more than 51,000 in 2008. But leaders from all over the political spectrum believe something needs to be done to cut down further on the prison population.

ACLU Asks Akron Leaders to Abolish Panhandling Rules

Jan 11, 2016
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The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the city of Akron over laws restricting panhandling. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Nick Castele reports.

The rules have been on the books in some form for more than 20 years, and city council tightened them several years ago.

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The ACLU of Ohio is taking action to stop the state from removing residents who don’t vote often enough from the voting rolls.

The organization sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today demanding that it stop a process that it calls illegal.

Legal Director Freda Levenson says Ohio’s current program punishes Ohio voters.