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New federal law forcing Ohio to scramble on setting new bond election deadlines

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June 8, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio is another state that is forced with the possibility of switching election deadlines in order to comply with a new federal law[1].

Due to the new Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act being enacted into law, Ohio will have to change the deadline for school districts planning to put tax and bond elections on the November ballot. Under the current law, a school district must have a resolution for the November ballot in place by August 19, 2010. Under the new law, August 4, 2010, would be the new deadline in order to be compliance with the MOVE Act[1].

The new deadlines have already been a cause for concern for school board members and administrators. David Oliverio who is the treasurer for Finneytown Schools said that, "the new deadlines are problematic," citing the short notice school districts were given to comply. Also, school districts that have referendums placed on the August 3rd ballot will only one have day after the election to determine if they will call for a referendum in November if they are unsuccessful[1].

Some school districts that have referendums on August 3rd are already preparing to be ready on a moment's notice in the event a referendum gets defeated to comply with the August 4th deadline. Also, school districts will be given the right to remove any advance registration for the November ballot in the event if their August referendums win[1].

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