HB 21 – Health Care Isolation Voting Access (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_21
HB 21 establishes a way for voters confined to isolation in a hospital or other health care facility to cast a ballot with assistance from two board of elections employees from both major political parties. If possible, the voter and both employees will be in view of each other during the process, though the board employees may receive instructions via telephone or electronic means, as long as the voter and employees can all hear each other at all times.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Stebelton (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Grossman (R), Rep. Huffman (R), Rep. J. Adams (R), Rep. Ramos (D), Rep. Reece (D), Rep. Ruhl (R), Rep. Scherer (R)
Committee:Policy and Legislative Oversight (H)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0021?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
The ACLU of Ohio advocates for voters to have easy access to the polls, and in cases when illness or circumstance presents an obstacle to the polls, it is important to have measures in place to help voters. HB 21 helps remove some potential barriers to voting by expanding current law to address problems with access for people confined to isolation in health care facilities.