Ohio election law veto referendum scheduled to appear on the 2012 ballot

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December 12, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam


COLUMBUS, Ohio: After submitting additional signatures, state election officials confirmed on Friday, December 9 that election law veto referendum supporters successfully met the 231,184 petition signature requirement. A grand total of 307,358 signatures were collected and submitted to the secretary of state's office.[1]

The measure would repeal an elections law - House Bill 194 - that was passed in the state of Ohio. The law would move future primary election dates from March to May, among other provisions. Additionally, the measure would shorten the period of mail-in absentee voting from 35 days before the election to 21. The number of days residents can vote early would be limited to 14 days before the election. Currently, the number of days residents can vote early is also 35 days.[2]

According to reports, the law has been hold since referendum supporters filed the initial batch of signatures in September 2011.[3] Now that the measure is scheduled to appear on the Ohio 2012 ballot, the law will remain on hold until the November vote.

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