COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved a bipartisan elections bill aimed at improving access to the polls for disabled voters.
Wednesday's 32-0 vote comes after an election cycle filled with tense, partisan debate over voting rules in the perennial presidential battleground state.
The bill would require polling locations to be compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. It also would ensure blind, disabled or illiterate voters may be helped in marking their ballots.
Under the proposal, voters would have more time to use a voting machine.
The legislation also would ensure that journalists have reasonable access to polling locations during an election, and that early voters could cast ballots even if they are still waiting in line when a polling place closes.
The bill now goes to the House.