COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate panel is nearing a decision on whether to get rid of a contentious new election law that shrinks early voting in the presidential battleground state, among other changes.
A proposal by legislative Republicans to repeal the elections overhaul bill is set for a committee vote Wednesday. If approved, it could go to the full Senate later in the day. The bill targets a law on hold since September. That’s when opponents submitted signatures to get a repeal question on November ballots.
Legislative leaders say repealing the law now will save money and avoid an election fight that could confuse voters about which rules are in place. Democrats and other opponents say lawmakers had their chance, and now voters have a constitutional right to decide the law’s fate.