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Attorney General Rejects Automatic Voter Registration Ballot Language

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected language for a potential ballot issue on voting. The group behind the initiative to expand and solidify voter rights says they remain committed to the issue.

The petition language for what's known as the "Secure and Fair Elections Amendment" was turned down by the Attoney General's office, stating that the summary itself was longer than the actual amendment. The office also said the summary includes a paragraph of text that's not included in the amendment.

The Attorney General's office said in a statement that its role is to determine whether the summary is a "fair and truthful representation of the proposed amendment."

The ACLU of Ohio is backing the proposal, which would create automatic voter registration through the BMV, allow same-day registration and voting, and set up 28 days of early voting.

The group acknowledges that rejected petition language is a common practice and it says they will be refiling.

They need to collect nearly 443,000 valid signatures by July to qualify for the November ballot.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.