COLUMBUS—State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) issued the following statement after the Controlling Board's decision today to reject a proposal for pre-paid postage on absentee ballots:
"Today the Controlling Board rejected, along party lines, the Ohio Secretary of State's proposal for pre-paid postage on returned absentee ballots for this November's election. I am disappointed with this result. I made my position of support of the Secretary's request clear to Senate leadership.
"Since I am Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I am statutorily named a Controlling Board member. However, in this current General Assembly, President Obhof has named a replacement for my seat, so I have not been required to attend or be a voting member of the Controlling Board for the last two years.
"With the COVID-19 pandemic imposing challenges for voters, combined with the current shortage of poll workers and both political parties in Ohio encouraging supporters to vote, I think pre-paid postage on return absentee ballots is the right approach for 2020.