Senator Durbin Announces Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

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Senator Durbin Announces Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

eNews Parks Forest – US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, today announced a field hearing examining the impact of Ohio’s new voting law, HB 194, which restricts early voting, eliminates the requirement that poll workers direct voters to the proper precinct, and makes it harder to vote absentee.  The hearing will be held on Monday, May 7th, at the Carl B. Stokes United States Court House in Cleveland, Ohio.  Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will join Durbin at the hearing.

Ohio’s new law reduces the number of early voting days from 35 to 17, eliminates voting on the weekend before an election, removes the requirement that poll workers direct voters to their proper precinct and prohibits county boards of elections from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots.  HB 194 will be subject to a ballot repeal measure in November.  Witnesses will be announced at a later date.

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