Ohio: Voter ID Rule Struck Down But GOP Vows New Bill

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(Cleveland Plain Dealer) — Faced with multiple legal threats, Ohio Senate Republicans on Wednesday retreated from a plan to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls as part of a sweeping election reform package.  Instead, Republicans will seek a photo ID requirement through separate legislation that appears fast-tracked for approval.  Senate President Tom Niehaus, a Republican from Clermont County, said the separate voter ID bill, which the House already has approved, could be passed in the Senate Thursday or next week.  With the photo ID requirement stripped out, the GOP-controlled Senate delayed a floor vote on numerous changes that remained in the election overhaul measure, including fewer days for absentee voting and moving Ohio’s presidential primary from March to May. A vote on the reform package is expected by the end of the month.

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