COLUMBUS — State Senator Larry Obhof today applauded the bipartisan passage of legislation that would implement a series of common-sense reforms to Ohio’s election laws. Senate Bill 10 includes a number of provisions aimed at improving accessibility at polling locations for individuals with disabilities and ensuring that early voters who are in line when a polling location closes are permitted to vote.

“By increasing the accessibility and transparency of polling locations, we are giving Ohioans confidence in the integrity of our elections systems,” Obhof said. “While these changes – which are supported by Ohio’s elections officials – may appear to be minor in nature, they are an important step forward in improving voting opportunities for all Ohioans.”

Among other things Senate Bill 10 requires that polling locations comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The bill also increases the time limit for voting when all machines are in use at a polling location while making it clear that disabled voters are free to take as much time as they need.

In addition, Senate Bill 10 seeks to improve the transparency of Ohio’s elections by clarifying that journalists have reasonable access to polling places during an election.

Senator Obhof co-sponsored the bill, which was approved by a 32-0 vote. The bill now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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