Ohio Official Calls Absentee-ballot Plan Redundant

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief is calling on both sides in a dispute over absentee-ballot distribution in the state’s largest county to negotiate a resolution.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says a proposal by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald to assert home-rule powers and mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to the county’s registered voters is redundant and illegal. A vote is scheduled Tuesday.

Husted also criticized lawmakers in the Republican-led Ohio House, where he was once speaker, for a Monday budget amendment proposing to strip 10 percent of Cuyahoga’s local-government funding if the proposal is approved.

FitzGerald is a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. His Republican rival, Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), signed a bill allowing Husted to send the applications for general elections, only if the Legislature directs the money for it.

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