Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to protect military personnel's right to vote


COLUMBUS — State Rep. Mike Dovilla was serving in Iraq four years ago when he attempted to obtain an absentee ballot to vote in that year’s municipal elections.

The Cleveland-area Republican said he submitted the paperwork to the board of elections but was later told he didn’t include all of the required information.

“Through no fault of my own, and despite a proactive effort to obtain a ballot, I was disenfranchised in that year in the municipal elections,” Dovilla said. “Since that time, I’ve vowed that if I were ever in a position to be able to address this public policy challenge and prevent it from happening to others in the military service, I would do so.”

Dovilla made good on that promise today with the introduction of legislation that could help men and women serving in the military and Ohioans who are overseas cast their election ballots.

The legislation would allow uniformed service members and overseas voters to apply for absentee ballots over the Internet or via email.

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