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I want to call your attention to the latest attacks on hundreds of thousands of Ohio voters by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature, who are pushing several bills which would disenfranchise these voters.
For years, the NALC and many allies across the political spectrum have lobbied to expand the opportunity for voters to vote by mail, permanently and without an excuse. Those efforts successfully earned Ohioans a voting system that allows them to receive their ballots by mail every election, without an excuse and without re-requesting each ballot. Advocates were even successful in giving voters postage-paid envelopes to return their ballots to the local election offices to be counted. This system helps ensure the elderly, the poor, students and other underserved Ohioans can vote the way that works best for them.
But a set of bills seeks to roll back this voting system to hurt those vulnerable Ohioans.
SB 148 and HB 194 are designed to erase all of the progress made on voting by mail, removing those benefits and reducing the window for early voting.
In addition to these proposals, the legislature is pushing another anti-voter proposal, HB 159, which has been described as the most restrictive voter ID proposal in the country, to date. There are many details to these proposals, all offensive, but their bottom line is this: They will make it more difficult for Ohioans—particularly the working poor, the elderly, students and people of color—to participate in our democratic process.
Make sure your state representative and state senator know where you stand on these outrageous proposals. Sign this petition to send a message, loud and clear, that you oppose HB 159, HB 194 and SB 148.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers
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