Voting Rights

Legislative Priority: Ensure fair and free elections


In the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, the ACLU of Ohio received numerous reports of voter and poll worker confusion on Election Day. Common complaints included confusion over voter ID requirements and polling locations, and an overreliance on provisional ballots.

As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, our goal is to ensure that every citizen is able to exercise his or her right to vote, free from unnecessary barriers and restrictions. We urge that any voting reform include:

  • Extended, uniform early in-person voting hours, to ensure that voters across the state have more access to vote.
  • Permanent funding to send absentee ballot applications to all registered voters during presidential and gubernatorial general elections.
  • Clear rules for casting and counting of provisional ballots.
  • Increased use of technology, such as online voter registration and electronic poll books.