Ohio group refiles petition in voter-access effort

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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 3:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio group has refiled its paperwork after hitting a snag in an effort to guarantee certain voter protections in the state constitution.

Last month, Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition for the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights," saying its summary was not a fair and truthful statement of the proposal.

Backers said Monday they have worked with DeWine and resubmitted the summary. The campaign's attorney says organizers added two sentences describing federal law.

The proposed amendment would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes to election rules. It is supported by a coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders.

DeWine must certify the summary's phrasing before supporters can continue with their ballot push and eventually collect signatures to get it before voters.

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