Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Mary Siegel of the Ohio Voter Integrity Project (Ohio VIP) testified in front of the Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee as a proponent of SB 238. This bill reduces the number of early voting days from 35 days to 28 or 29 days, eliminating the 7 day overlap of the end voter registration and the beginning of early voting where a person can register and vote on the same day, commonly known as “Golden Week.”
Ohio VIP’s main premise is that there is a greater likelihood of fraud during Golden Week. New fraudulent registrations can be voted on the same day because the checks and balances in our current voter registration verification process do not work. Our famous Mr. Allah who registered during Golden Week of 2012, but didn’t actually vote, certainly could have during this time period. Until the voter registration process is overhauled, bogus registrations will continue to be entered onto the voter rolls opening the door to voter fraud.
This bill has already passed the Ohio Senate and has had 3 hearings in the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee. Click here to read Ohio VIP’s testimony for SB 238.
Mary Siegel also testified as an interested party in Substitute SB 205. Sub. SB 205 proposes to bring uniformity in the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot requests between the 88 Ohio counties. It also addresses elector assisted voting and redefines the duties of the election official with respect to the voter needing help. Ohio VIP’s testimony asks for the bill to be amended to mandate the documentation of the person or persons that help any voter needing assistance in the completion of their ballot (ie. Ohio Secretary of State Form 228).
Ohio VIP hopes this bill will be amended to address this need for transparency so that counties like Franklin County, who have large groups of non-English speaking voters, are required to use Form 228. Franklin County did not use Form 228 in the 2012 Presidential Election.
This bill has passed the Ohio Senate and has had 4 hearings in the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee. Click here to read Ohio VIP’s testimony on Sub. SB 205.
Other election related bills being considered by the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee include SB 216 and SB 200. You can read all Proponent, Opponent and Interested Party testimony for all bills for this committee at http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/policy-and-legislative-oversight.