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Groups file a second complaint in federal court against voting laws
Attorney says the law gives too much authority to poll workers 
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY
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Attorney Subodh Chandra says voter identification laws are too restrictive.
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An attorney for groups representing homeless people has filed a second supplemental complaint against the state in the pending federal court case over new voting laws.

Cleveland-area attorney Subodh Chandra says the new laws give too much authority to poll workers to determine which ballots are valid. And he says that could lead to disenfranchising many poor, minority voters.

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“Even if government officials can quickly verify from the other information you provided (the last four digits of your Social Security number, your address) that that’s you, it’s fine, and you should be able to vote," Chandra says. "These statutes give government workers the authority to throw that ballot out.”

The state is expected to make more filings in the case after this election. Ohio leaders contend the new laws are indeed constitutional because they are equally applied in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

There is no timetable for when this case will be heard by the federal court.

 
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