Ohio lawmakers should repeal a new law that shortens early voting in the presidential battleground state, rather than allow voters to decide in November whether the measure should be scrapped, the state’s top election official said Wednesday. Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, said an expected fall campaign over the law would create confusion for voters as to which rules are in place. And he wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to come up with a new proposal after this year’s election. “We don’t need the confusion that will come by debating a referendum at the same time we’re trying to inform people how to vote,” Husted told local election officials at a conference in Columbus.
Opponents of the elections overhaul measure included Democrats and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, whose volunteers circulated petitions to successfully put the law on hold until Ohioans could vote on whether it should be kept.
The law contained many of Husted’s ideas, though state lawmakers also left their mark. A partisan fight ensued over the plan. The elections measure cleared the state Legislature in late June with no Democratic support.
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