Ohio’s attorney general has given until Monday to explain the Voting Rights Amendment rejection to the court
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has granted favor to a Republican attorney general Dave Yost until Monday to respond to legal claims from a coalition of civil rights organizations challenging his rejection of a voter protection package they are working to put on the November ballot.
The Ohio Supreme Court set the deadline for Friday.
In the case it is Discovered on January 25 by Yost That the title of the proposed constitutional amendment — the “Ohio Voter Rights Act” — was “grossly misleading and misrepresenting” the contents of the measure. He issued the decision despite admitting that his office had previously approved the same language. It ratified a nursing facility patients’ bill of rights in 2021 and another Ohio voter’s rights bill in 2014.
This was the second time he refused to endorse the group’s petition summary.
The coalition behind the amendment — which includes the Ohio NAACP branch, the A. Philip Randolph and the Ohio Organizing Cooperative — filed suit Thursday.
Their complaint asks the justices to direct Yost to certify their petition and send it to the state ballot board, on the grounds that he has no authority to review his address, let alone the authority to deny it on the basis of it.
In his denial letter, Yost cited “recent authority of the Ohio Supreme Court” that gave him the ability to review petition titles, as well as text summaries. He pointed to the Supreme Court’s decision in a legal dispute last year over the title that appeared in petitions to ban local towing.
The push for election law changes comes on the heels of Ohio’s enactment last year A set of changes to the electoral lawincluding stricter photo ID requirements and shortened periods after Election Day for returning and processing ballots.
The Ohio Voter Bill of Rights would enshrine in the state constitution the right of all Ohioans to vote safely and securely and require automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration and expanded early voting options and locations.
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