Voting Rights

Joe Schiavoni has fought for years to defend voting rights for all Ohioans. He will continue and expand that fight as governor.

Joe has fought hard throughout his time in the Statehouse to defend voting rights for all Ohioans. He will continue and expand that fight as governor.

You only need to look at Joe’s record to know he’s a strong supporter of voting rights:

2012:

2013:

  • Co-sponsored SB20 (Turner), a large pro-voter bill that included early voting protection, online registration, better handling of provisional ballots, and protection against long lines.
  • Strongly opposed and voted against SB 205, which made it harder to count absentee ballots.
  • Strongly opposed and voted against SB 216, which made it harder to count provisional ballots.
  • Strongly opposed and voted against SB 238, which eliminated “golden week” by shortening early voting to begin after the registration deadline.
  • Strongly opposed and voted against SB 193, which unfairly limited third party ballot access.

2014:

  • As Senate Minority Leader, Joe joined an amicus brief filed by House and Senate members with the 6th Circuit Ct. of appeals–attempting to protect “golden week.”
  • As Minority Leader, Joe was the caucus’ lead in negotiation on the resolution that, upon approval by voters, reformed how Ohio House and Senate districts are drawn.

2015:

  • Cosponsored S.B. 158 to create automatic voter registration in Ohio.

2016:

  • Voted for SB 63 to create online voter registration in Ohio.
  • Voted against SB 296, which limited court access for emergencies on Election Day (bill was ultimately vetoed).

2017:

  • Signed on to an amicus brief with legislators from around the county supporting an end to gerrymandering in the Gill v. Whitford case.

Joe also fully supports the effort to put Congressional redistricting on Ohio’s ballot through a citizens’ ballot initiative. He encourages volunteers to collect redistricting signatures at his events. Read more here about Joe’s fight for fair districts here.