After the proposal clears those hurdles, the campaign must collect valid signatures from 442,958 registered voters across Ohio and submit them by July 1.
ACLU of Ohio Executive Director J. Bennett Guess said in a statement: “ In the process of building a non-partisan, broadly representative buckeye coalition, we’ve had ongoing conversations with Ohio veterans, faith-based groups, members of the disability rights community, advocacy and legal organizations, and the consensus is clear: it’s time to remove unnecessary barriers to the ballot and make sure that our elections are secure and fair, ensuring all eligible voters are heard and our democracy is strengthened.”
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, cautioned that voting policy is best determined by lawmakers, rather than enshrined in the state constitution.
“Major, successful change comes when Republicans and Democrats in the legislature work together, and that’s happening right now in the Ohio Senate with our bipartisan legislation that would modernize Ohio’s entire voter registration system,” he said.
Also this week, labor groups filed paperwork to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2020 ballot to raise the state minimum wage to $13 an hour by January 2025.
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