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Ohio Christian Alliance recommends voter IDs and fewer hours
The alliance's director Chris Long and Ohio lawmaker Kathleen Clyde disagree on what's in voters' interests
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio lawmaker Kathleen Clyde of Kent opposes the alliance's proposed changes to photo identification and in-person voting the weekend before an election.
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An Ohio group of conservative evangelical Christians is proposing changes in the state’s voting process including requiring photo identification and banning in-person voting the weekend before an election. It also wants to see more training of pollworkers.

Ohio Christian Alliance Director Chris Long says weekend voting led to confused poll workers faced on Election Day.

LISTEN: Chris Long disagrees with the current voting process

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LISTEN: Kathleen Clyde against changing the voting process

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“The court got it wrong. The federal judge who said Ohio needed to hold open the polls on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election (had) a bad idea.”

But Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent says she’ll fight any attempts to pass a bill that takes away that last weekend of voting before the election. She says a lot of Ohioans vote on those three days.

“We need to continue to maintain access to early voting and I think as more and more people are taking advantage of it, it’s a very bad idea to cut back on those critical days.”

Clyde also opposes requiring a photo id. She says it would disenfranchise a lot of voters, especially older, younger and women.

Democrats say they plan to propose a voter referendum to amend the Ohio Constitution to guarantee access to the polls. 

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