Ohio AG Mike DeWine certifies Ohio Voters Bill of Rights petition language

By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog mkovac@dixcom.com Published:

COLUMBUS -- Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has signed off on the second submission from a group that wants to amend the state constitution to specify early voting hours and other election-related issues.

DeWine's certification of the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights petition means the language for the issue includes a "fair and truthful" summary, and backers had the 1,000 valid signatures required to move forward.

"Without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred … I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment," DeWine wrote to the petitioners.

The next step in the process is the Ohio Ballot Board, which will review the proposed amendment to determine whether it is one or multiple issues. After gaining that panel's approval, supporters will begin circulating petitions, with hopes of gaining the 380,000-plus required to place the issue before voters.

DeWine rejected an initial submission for the amendment, noting discrepancies with federal law. Backers submitted an edited version late last month.

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