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Ohio Senate, House of Representatives pass bill to change election date, state tax deadlines

Ohio Senate, House of Representatives pass bill to change election date, state tax deadlines


FAMILY IS SAFE. BRAD: A MASSIVE BILL TO ADDRESS DOZENS OF ISSUES IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC COULD SOON BRING SOLUTIONS OHIOANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR – ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAS TO DO WITH THE PRIMARY ELECTION.. DARLENE: THE ELECTION HAS BEEN HANGING OVER EVERYONE’S HEAD FOR MORE THAN A WEEK NOW.. NBC4’S JASON AUBRY TELLS US IT WILL FINALLY BE COMING TO A CLOSE WITH ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL. OHIO LAWMAKERS HAD TO ACT IN ORDER TO LEGALLY SOLVE SEVERAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK THAT HAS EVERYONE FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING HOW WE LIVE. SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE ENTIRE CHAMBER MOST OF OHIO’S STATE SENATORS STOOD IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PEOPLE LOST DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS. NAT – SILENCE THE BILL STATE SENATORS VOTED ON WEDNESDAY PROVIDES SOLUTIONS TO NEARLY TWO DOZEN ISSUES… SEN. KRISTINA ROEGNER / HUDSON “TO CONTINUE THE ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS OF VARIOUS FACETS OF STATE GOVERNMENT, TO MAINTAIN THE CONTINUITY OF THE STATE TAX CODE, AND TO EXPEDITIOUSLY RESPOND TO THE DECLARED PANDEMIC AND THE GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CREATED BY COVID-19.” DEALING WITH THE PRIMARY ELECTION WAS ONE OF THEM. THE ELECTION WILL OFFICIALLY REMAIN MARCH 17 — AND LAWMAKERS ARE ALLOWING FOR AN EXTENSION OF ABSENTEEE VOTING BY MAIL. VOTERS WHO WERE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN PERSON, WILL NOW HAVE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A BALLOT. WHEN THEY RECEIVE THE BALLOT IN THE MAIL, THEY MUST FILL IT OUT AND SEND IT BACK POSTMARKED BY APRIL 28. THIS SOLUTION WAS OPPOSED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OHIO AND SEVERAL OTHER VOTER RIGHTS GROUPS — THEY SAY APRIL 28 IS NOT ENOUGH TIME. NAZEK HAPASHA HAD HER INITIAL APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT REJECTED BECAUSE SHE MADE A MISTAKE FILLING IT OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. NAZEK HAPASHA / LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OHIO “I WORK FOR THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, THIS IS BEYOND EMBARRASSING. I TRAIN PEOPLE IN VOTER REGISTRATION, I WORK WITH PEOPLE TO GET THESE FORMS DONE ALL THE TIME AND I WAS JUST IN SHOCK.” THIS IS WHY VOTERS ARE BEING URGED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND SEND IT IN IMMEDIATELY. JASON THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ALSO PASSED THE BILL TODAY — ALL THE GOVERNOR HAS TO DO NOW IS SIGN IT AND IT WILL IMMEDIATELY GO INTO EFFECT. BRAD: COMING UP TONIGHT ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT…

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