Fair Elections Ohio, the umbrella group for the organizations gathering signatures to repeal the new voting act, HB 194, turned in petitions with 318,460 signatures to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office in Columbus today. 231, 247 valid signatures are required for the measure — which turns voting into a videogame-like obstacle course — to be on the November 2012 ballot.
However, while the signatures are being checked, the bill is on hold, meaning that the old rules apply. So you can go cast your vote for this November at your board of elections starting next Tuesday.
The Fair Elections Ohio people are allowed to continue to collect signatures while the petitions are being checked to create a cushion against any that may be thrown out. They will be continuing to do so through mid-October. — Anastasia Pantsios