COLUMBUS- State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Dr. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) today called for action on HB 560, universal vote-by-mail (UVBM) legislation. The bill would require ballots to be mailed to all registered voters with return postage pre-paid and without the added step of having to apply for a ballot first. The bill also includes preservation of safe in-person voting opportunities.
“This primary, and the way it was conducted, have underscored the need for a modern approach to voting in Ohio, one that will increase security, improve voter participation, and costs less to administer,” Lepore-Hagan said. “HB 560 is based on proven practices in other states where voting is secure, simple, and saves money. We are calling for a hearing on this bill ASAP.”
HB 560 will create a UVBM system based on Colorado’s, the state considered the safest place in the U.S. to cast a ballot.
“This past election was confusing for everyone in Ohio. As we look forward we need a better, more streamlined system so that everyone can vote by mail,” said Liston. “Our bill does that.”
“We cannot afford to make mistakes in the 2020 general election. It is just too important,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Voters deserve the passage of HB 560 and the assurances that this November their vote will be counted and their voices will be heard.”