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FitzGerald Submits Cuyahoga County Voting Rights Law to County Council

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Rich Luchette: (216) 698-5637, (216) 797-0931, or rluchette@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced today that he has formally submitted voting rights legislation to the County Council for consideration during next Tuesday's scheduled hearing.

"The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democratic system of government, and it is critical that we ensure all Cuyahoga County citizens have an equal opportunity to exercise this right on Election Day," said FitzGerald. "While I am very disappointed by the actions Governor Kasich has taken in recent weeks that make it more difficult to vote, the legislation we have submitted to the County Council will ensure that Cuyahoga County continues providing these essential services in 2014."

The Cuyahoga County Voting Rights Law would amend existing statutes to ensure the County government can exercise its home rule powers to continue mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to registered voters in Cuyahoga County. FitzGerald's proposal follows a series of recent actions at the state level to curtail early, absentee, and provisional voting - efforts that may disproportionately affect working families.

The Cuyahoga County Voting Rights Law is co-sponsored by Councilwoman Sunny Simon. A copy of the legislation as submitted is attached to this email.