COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Coley today announced that the Governor has signed Senate Bill 10. Sponsored by Senator Coley, the initiative will allow easier access for disabled individuals to access the polls by creating additional accommodations in the case that their polling place does not fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. State Senator Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) jointly sponsored the initiative with Coley.
“This is one instance where Ohioans can be proud that both parties have come together to improve our elections procedures, especially for disabled voters,” said Coley. “I’m also proud that Senate Bill 10 increases accountability with the public by allowing reasonable access to polling places for journalists.”
Some of the accessibility provisions include increasing the time permitted to cast a ballot from 5 minutes to 10 minutes for all voters. Voters with disabilities will not have a time limit.
This legislation also makes clear that anyone participating in early in-person voting will have the opportunity to cast their ballot as long as they are standing in line when the polling location closes.

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