Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Columbus Dispatch : Brunner offers election reforms

The Columbus Dispatch : Brunner offers election reforms:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:33 AM

Ohioans would get more places to cast early absentee ballots but would have fewer days to vote under a plan unveiled today by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Ohio's top elections official also pushed for simplifying provisional voting and voter-identification laws and eliminating special elections in February and August as part of a broad proposal to reform state elections.

Brunner issued a 33-page report to Gov. Ted Strickland and the legislature today with a variety of proposed changes developed after two election summits that Brunner convened in December and March.

The proposals focused on three areas: voting technology and administration, including improving the statewide voter-registration database; absentee-voting changes, including allowing up to four early voting locations in each county for 20 days before an election; and Election Day voting and postelection procedures.

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