COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Senator Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township), which moves to streamline Ohio’s absentee voting rules.
The bill clarifies that unsolicited absentee ballot applications can only be mailed by the Ohio Secretary of State and requires the Secretary to send the applications to all Ohioans equally.
“Voters across Ohio should always be treated in an equal manner, regardless the city or county in which they cast their ballot,” said Coley. “This bill makes certain that each Ohioan is given the same access to an absentee ballot.”
The bill also makes some clarifications to the rules regarding the type and level of assistance election officials can offer to voters in completing their ballot.
“Our goal in Ohio is to preserve the people’s ability to self govern,” added Coley. “Voting is one of our most sacred duties and a key responsibility we hold as Americans.”
Senate Bill 205 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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