A proposal to repeal Ohio’s contentious new election law will soon be introduced in the state’s Senate, the leader of the Republican-led chamber said Wednesday. The law trims early voting in the presidential battleground state, among other changes. It’s been on hold since September, until voters can decide this fall whether it should be tossed. Plans to replace the law are still being discussed, Senate President Tom Niehaus told reporters. The New Richmond Republican said it’s too early to tell whether any new legislation could be passed before November’s general election. “The goal is, whatever we do, that there be clarity for the November elections,” Niehaus said.
The state’s top election official has called for state lawmakers to scrap the election law, so that it won’t appear on fall ballots. Secretary of State Jon Husted told local officials in a speech last week that a campaign about the details of the overhaul measure will confuse Ohioans at the same time election officials are trying to inform people about how to vote.