Columbus – Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after Governor Kasich vetoed portions of the state transportation budget (HB 53) that would have discouraged out-of-state college students and active duty military personnel from exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote.  Last week all the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus signed a letter urging the Governor to line-item veto the controversial sections of HB 53.

“The transportation budget should be about creating jobs and improving Ohio’s infrastructure and not about playing games with voting rights.  I am pleased the Governor listened to the concerns we raised and used his line-item veto to remove anti-voting provisions that should not have been added to the budget in the first place. College students and military personnel should never face additional financial burdens or risk criminal prosecution simply because they register to vote in Ohio.  Thankfully, that will not be the case and Ohio can remain a welcoming place for people who want to move here to live, go to college or serve our country.”  

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