COLUMBUS— Today, State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) reacted to the passage of two restrictive and unnecessary election bills that passed the Ohio House and Senate. Senate Bills 205 and 238 make changes to absentee voting that will, among other things, reduce the number of days for absentee voting.
“Voting is a fundamental American right, and Ohio lawmakers should be doing everything in their power to encourage and protect opportunities to cast a ballot. These two unnecessary and overly restrictive bills are an insult to the generations-long struggle to advance ballot access in our state and nation.
“The weight of the evidence does not support the claims of those who say these bills are necessary. Fraudulent votes are exceptionally rare—just 135 reports out of 5.9 million votes cast in 2012, and only one conviction. Our current laws have proven to be capable of dealing with these few instances. These bills will make it harder for Ohioans to utilize valuable voting opportunities, and put rules in place that will make it easier to throw out valid ballots, without any evidence proving such measures are necessary.
“Given that thousands of ballots are thrown out every election, and that countless citizens are prevented from voting for one reason or another, further restricting access and erecting arbitrary hurdles makes no sense. Our election system should voter-focused, pure and simple.
“It’s time to stop using election policy as a political tool, and start finding ways to ensure that all Ohioans’ voices are heard.”
COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Bill 148, which designates a portion of Interstate 271 through the city of Bedford Heights as the “Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan Memorial Highway,” received final approval from the Ohio House. The chamber’s unanimous vote in support of the measure is the final legislative step necessary for the highway’s designation.
COLUMBUS—To commemorate the 94th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in the United States, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement:
Cleveland –Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) visited McGregor Assisted Living and Retirement Center today with representatives from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to speak with facility officials on successes and regulatory challenges they face as a small business. McGregor was recently awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes in the country by the U.S. News and World Report.
Columbus-Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced that the Ohio Controlling Board approved funds for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools to create the Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation, which will offer students in grades 3-5 a STEM education curriculum. The district was one of just 37 educational entities selected among over 600 applicants to receive funding in the second round of grants from the newly created Straight A Fund Program.