Election revisions

 
Election revisions

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Source: Ohio Legislative Services Commission, The Columbus Dispatch, November 19, 2009. COLUMBUS — Sub. House Bill 260, passed by the Ohio House yesterday:

  • Increases from one to four the number of locations a county board of elections may use for in-person, early absentee voting. The secretary of state breaks any tie votes on proposed sites and establishes rules for acceptable locations.
  • Requires absentee ballots to be ready 45 days before the election for overseas and military voters and 28 days before for all other absentee voters. Absentee voting would continue through noon on the Monday before the election.
  • Changes voter-identification requirements at the polls by allowing voters to show a current and valid photo ID or provide a signed affirmation with personal information and a signature that matches the poll book.
  • Reduces from 13 to three the categories of voters who are required to cast a provisional ballot and revises the process to help avoid confusion.
  • Allows voters to cast a provisional ballot anywhere in their home county, not just in their home precinct. If they are outside their precinct, their votes would be counted only in races and on issues for which they are qualified to vote.
  • Allows voter-registration records to be automatically updated when voters change their name or address for a driver’s license or in other government databases.
  • Requires the secretary of state to establish a secure Web site by Dec. 31, 2010, to allow people to apply to register to vote or to update their registration.
  • Requires that, by Aug. 1, 2012, all qualified people be automatically registered to vote when they graduate from high school or apply for or renew a driver’s license or state identification card, unless they opt out.
  • Allows for split shifts for poll workers.
  • Clarifies rules for observers and challengers at the polls.
  • Limits the length of ballot issues to 300 words.
  • Allows a board of elections to conduct a special election, or an election to fill a congressional vacancy, entirely by mail-in ballots.



Source: Ohio Legislative Services Commission