The Four R's of Election Reform By the League of Women Voters of Ohio

 
The Four R’s of Election Reform By the League of Women Voters of Ohio

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009



1. REVIEW AND REVISE THE STATUTES AND RULINGS GOVERNING ELECTION SYSTEMS

  • Conduct an in-depth review of the election process and eliminate procedural ambiguities, contradictions and inconsistencies, poll worker confusion and voter mistrust.
  • Address the ambiguities that have given rise to numerous lawsuits, to numerous last minute directives and advisories, and to procedural inconsistencies from election to election.

2. REASSIGN ELECTION ADMINISTRATION TO AN INDEPENDENT NONPARTISAN AUTHORITY

  • Transfer the election administration duties of the Secretary of State to a newly-created, independent, nonpartisan election administration authority.
  • Prohibit authority members from participating in or contributing to any issue or candidate on the ballot.

3. REMOVE BARRIERS TO VOTING

  • Expand the number of early voting locations in each county using a fair and impartial process to identify additional sites.
  • Return to voter ID by signature. Alternatively, eliminate the inconsistencies between absentee and provisional voter ID requirements and broaden the range of acceptable IDs.
  • Permit a registered voter who appears in the wrong precinct to vote for candidates and issues that are not precinct-specific, subject to verification that the voter has not double voted.

4. RESOLVE STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION DATABASE PROBLEMS BY 2010

  • Identify, correct and publicize the causes of inconsistencies between county board of elections databases and statewide databases.
  • Identify and notify voters who are erroneously dropped from poll lists.
  • Identify, correct and publicize causes for voters being erroneously dropped from poll lists
  • Restore public access to information about reasons for rejection of all provisional ballot voters