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New Ohio Law Ends Popular Voting Options

July 24, 2011  | By Robert Vitale  |  Columbus Dispatch  |  Link to article

Four in 10 Franklin County voters would have to find a new time, place or way to cast their ballots under election-rules championed by Ohio Republicans in a new law.

Experts and the people who run local elections fear lower turnout or longer lines on Election Day as a result.

"If we put 140,000 people back on Election Day, you have to wonder," said William A. Anthony Jr., director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, citing the approximate number of people who took advantage of the conveniences the county offered in 2010 that allowed them to vote without going to the polls.

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