Election Reforms can —  PROTECT Democracy . . .  and the Republic


A number of State Legislatures around the country, including Ohio, have Damaged Voter Access in order for the majority political party to retain Power and Control.


In Ohio, the State Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 458 and signed it into law in January, 2023 that will prevent segments of Citizens from voting.  This new anti-democratic legislation has a number of provisions, one of which includes the requirement that Voters going to the polls now will be limited to showing, primarily, an Ohio driver’s license (or a couple of other difficult ID options).  Using a utility bill or a bank statement or a payroll check will no longer be permitted.


Sponsors of this new anti-democratic law argue that it is being done to reduce Voter Fraud, in spite of there being overwhelming evidence that such conduct is almost nonexistent in Ohio.


The Sponsors of this anti-democratic legislation are certainly aware that there are many citizens who tend to vote for Democratic candidates that do not possess a driver’s license.  They are aware that many students at Ohio colleges who tend to vote for Democrats do not have a State of Ohio driver’s license. They are also aware that the alternate permitted IDs that include a Passport or an Ohio BMV issued ID will be a barrier for many citizens.

There are other provisions of this legislation that include reducing the time to return absentee ballots, limiting drop boxes to one per county, and other provisions that further restrict and prevent targeted segments of Ohio citizens from Voting.

How do Anti-Democratic laws that Suppress targeted segments of Voters advance Fair Elections in Ohio?

Long lines waiting to vote

Eliminating polling locations in targeted areas creates long lines that discourage and prevent targeted citizens from voting-- (Wikimedia Commons License)


Published on WRGT Dayton 247 Now

C1.) “Bipartisan elections official agrees: Ohio doesn’t need photo ID for voting

by Darrel Rowland

December 20, 2022

“”We think that the laws as they currently stand — which include photo ID but also include things like government documents or bank statements or any kind of military ID — those all really work well,” the group’s longtime executive director, Aaron Ockerman, told ABC 6 On Your Side. “

“”We just don’t think there’s this huge urgency to change something that isn’t broken.””

“The bill to require Ohioans to present a photo ID before they can vote passed in the middle of the night on the final day of the state legislature’s two-year session last week.

“Ohio’s new voter photo ID law could be the most restrictive in America.”

Published by The Guardian

C2.) “Ohio Republicans quietly enact ‘alarming’ new voting restrictions

Law puts Ohio among states with strictest voter ID rules and will make it harder for elderly people, the disabled and the poor to vote

Sam Levine in New York

January 18/19, 2023

Ohio Republicans quietly enacted a measure earlier this month that imposes sweeping new restrictions on voting access in the state, including more stringent voter ID requirements, cutting the early voting period and giving voters less time to return their mail-in ballots.”

Those new restrictions will make it harder for people who tend to lack identification – elderly people, the disabled and the poor – to vote, voting rights advocates said.”

It’s not clear how many voters in Ohio don’t have ID. One analysis from the state legislature estimated it could be hundreds of thousands of people, according to a state legislative analysis.”

“The new measure also gets rid of early voting on the final Monday before an election – typically a busy day. . . . It also takes aim at mail-in voting, which surged in popularity during the pandemic. . .”

“The new law also tightens the window during which voters must request and return mail-in ballots. Voters must now request a mail-in ballot seven days before election day instead of three. A ballot postmarked by election day must now arrive no later than four days after election day to be counted, a drop from the 10 days that were allowed.”

Published on Military.com by the Associated Press

C3.) GOP Action on Mail Ballot Timelines Angers Military Families

By Julie Carr Smyth and Gary Fields

January 19, 2023

“Ohio’s restrictive new election law (HB458) significantly shortens the window for mailed ballots to be received — despite no evidence that the extended timeline has led to fraud or any other problems — and that change is angering active-duty members of the military and their families because of its potential to disenfranchise them.”

“The new law reduces the number of days for county election boards to include mailed ballots in their tallies from 10 days after Election Day to four. Critics say that could lead more ballots from Ohio’s military voters to miss the deadline and get tossed.”

“Republicans’ claims that Ohio needs to clamp down in the name of election integrity run counter to GOP officials’ glowing assessments of the state’s current system. Ohio reported a near-perfect tally of its 2020 presidential election results, for example, and fraud referrals represent a tiny fraction of the ballots cast.”

Published in Ohio Capital Journal

C4.) LaRose used hyperbolic scare tactics to attack voters and making voting harder. Now he plays victim

By Marilou Johanek

February 14, 2023

” MAGA Republicans in Ohio aren’t reforming the state’s election system. They uniformly praise Ohio’s election apparatus as the gold standard of integrity and confirm no widespread fraud in Ohio (and as a result, do not) justify sweeping changes to the voting process.”

“Ohio’s chief election officer (Frank LaRose) is perpetuating a hoax. He is not fixing anything that’s broken in the state’s free, fair, secure, and incredibly accurate elections.”

“How do you improve elections (by putting in place) burdensome difficulties that disproportionally affect the disabled, the elderly, the poor, the young who now have to travel to identification-issuing offices with qualifying documents they must produce (and pay for) just to vote?”

” The League of Women Voters of Ohio noted it’s hard to “partner” with someone (Frank LaRose) who ignores repeated requests for a meeting. Meanwhile, confusion reigns, voter outreach programs remain uncertain, and early in-person voting and absentee voting for the May primary begins in a month and half.”

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (Photo by Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal)

 Published by News5 Cleveland

C5.) “Religious groups, legislators butt heads on new election law”

By Morgan Trau

February 23, 2022

“Ohio (religious) congregations are known for their efforts to encourage people to vote, but a new law may stunt that.”

“Since the bill (now a law- O.R.C.3501.054- Anti-Collaboration Ban) would prohibit government officials and entities from working with non-government groups, many state-run programs to get people registered, take them to the polls, and educate them about voting would be illegal.”

This new law was buried in a State Budget Bill in 2021:

” The short provision sits on page 429 of the nearly 500-page final analysis of House Bill 110, the budget. Coming from her nearly four decades of experience as a (Cleveland) litigation lawyer, (Barbara) Yaksic thought this law was purposely hidden.”

” Despite the head of elections and top legal officer saying everything is okay — legally speaking, election officials could technically still get sued or get a first degree misdemeanor.”

Published by Spectrum News 1

C6.) Groups across Ohio suing Secretary of State’s office over HB 458

By Samantha Sheikh

January 12, 2023

Several Ohio organizations are suing the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office over provisions in House Bill 458 that include restricting voter IDs and limiting the time to submit absentee ballots, contending that these provisions are unconstitutional.

The plaintiff groups in this litigation include the Ohio Federation of Teachers and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

These organizations . . . “say strict voter ID requirements and mail-in ballot restrictions could hinder certain groups of people.”

According to the plaintiffs . . . “This bill imposes needless and discriminatory burdens on Ohioans’ fundamental right to vote.”

Published by WCMH TV–NBC4 (Columbus)

C7.) “These nine Ohio-based Fortune 500 companies donated to election deniers’ campaigns

By Jamie Ostroff

December 9, 2022

” . . . 147 members of Congress objected to the results of the presidential election despite no findings of widespread fraud. Many of those members ran for re-election, with support from major corporations based in Ohio.”

“Some companies, after making public statements about suspending support for candidates who voted against certifying the election results on January 6, 2021, quietly resumed donating to their campaigns.”

Published by Reuters

C8.) “North Carolina high court rejects voter-identification law, electoral map

Published by Reuters

By Brad Brooks

December 16, 2022

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday knocked down a 2018 voter-identification law it said discriminated against Black voters and ordered a state Senate map be redrawn due to Republican partisan gerrymandering.”

“The court upheld a lower court’s 2021 ruling that a 2018 law requiring voters to present photo ID was unconstitutional. The majority opinion said that the lower court correctly found that the law “was motivated by a racially discriminatory purpose.”

Published by CNN

9.) Ohio becomes sixth state to leave voting integrity group targeted by Trump and conservative groups

By Fredreka Schouten

March 17, 2023

Ohio on Friday became the latest state to leave an obscure multi-state consortium (ERIC) that aims to help maintain accurate voter rolls but has become a growing target for conservative groups.”

“On March 6, . . . former President Donald Trump – the chief proponent of the falsehood that voter fraud contributed to his 2020 defeat –urged all Republicans governors to end their participation with the group, saying it “pumps the rolls” for Democrats.”

“This is clearly an example of disinformation,” said Trey Grayson, a Republican and former Kentucky secretary of state who has defended the integrity of elections. “I find it incredibly frustrating that there’s been this attempt to undermine an organization that’s doing a good job.”

“Election experts say ERIC is currently the best tool available to perform interstate crosschecks because government agencies have unique access to key records – . . .  – to track the movement of individuals across states and accurately identify voters who might have similar names.”



How can Citizens reduce and eliminate Voter and Democracy Suppression in Ohio?

Two  of the key SOLUTIONS:

  —Passage of a Ballot Issue for an Ohio Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will end Gerrymandering (Additional Info)

Ranked-Choice Voting can assist in Protecting Democracy’s Future.  RCV favors candidates with broad appeal including pro-democracy supporters, as a result, Politicians responsible for Voter Suppression laws could face significant challenges. (Additional Info)

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